The former Rivage catering hall site in East Falls is officially available again to potential developers, as the city Redevelopment Authority seeks new plans for a mixed-use project on the Schuylkill riverfront.
A request for proposals opened on July 1, seeking plans for a commercial-residential project at the vacant 1.7-acre property at 4324 Ridge Ave., at Calumet Street. Submissions are due Oct. 3, with a targeted date of Oct. 31 for the selection of a developer.
According to the RFP, the city sees the two-parcel Rivage site as a gateway to the East Falls urban village, and an ideal plan will include “green” building techniques, create street-level storefronts and on-street parking along Ridge Avenue. It cannot include drive-through uses, and no curb cuts are allowed on the Kelly Drive side.
Calumet Street “should provide a seamless pedestrian connection from Kelly Drive and the Falls Bridge to the Ridge Avenue Commercial District,” the documents say, and developers are encouraged to create a “special” space, such as a corridor of trees or plaza, that draws people into the neighborhood from nearby river trails.
This isn’t the city’s first run at revamping the site. A previous deal in 2007 that would have created a 173-unit residential complex with 10,000 square feet of retail foundered. In the latest round, a pre-submission conference for interested developers will take place at the Rivage property on at 10 a.m. July 22.