The SS United States Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the SS United States, recently unveiled the results of a detailed feasibility study, as well as scale renderings and a model showing the ship as the catalyst for an innovative urban redevelopment initiative along Philadelphia’s Delaware River.
Through a generous grant from Philadelphia philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and spearheaded by consultant Ken Smukler, the Conservancy commissioned Stephen Varenhorst Architects (SVA) to conduct the study. The team examined a number of sites along the Delaware River and honed in on the Foxwoods site between Philadelphia’s Reed and Tasker Streets. The plan incorporates hotel space, restaurant offerings, retail and office space, residential development, parkland and a marina, nature reserves, and a casino.
The Design Advocacy Group has endorsed the plan. See attached letter.