Weekly Update July 20-27

Delaware Avenue/Columbus Boulevard traffic study public meeting set

July 30, 2012 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will hold a public meeting on the results of a traffic study on Delaware Avenue/Columbus Boulevard.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm, July 30, on the forth floor of  the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Boulevard.

17th Century shipyard wooden pegs beneath parking lot may predate William Penn’s arrival

Archaeologists have discovered large, wooden pegs in a Philadelphia shipyard in business before William Penn’s arrival.  Pegs were used to hold ships togegether prior to nails.   The foot-long pegs were found at the West Shipyard site, which is now a parking lot on the west side of Columbus Boulevard near Vine Street.  The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is conducting a preliminary study of the ground beneath the parking lot to determine if more archaeology must be done at the site before it can be redeveloped as part of the city’s plan to revitalize the Central Delaware Waterfront.

See:  http://planphilly.com/large-wooden-pegs-found-beneath-waterfront-parking-lot-may-be-construction-materials-17th-century-sh

“A Man and His Ship” Book release and VIP Boat Tour

Historian and author Steven Ujifusa has documented the history of the construction of the SS United States, the fastest trans-Atlantic liner in history, now docked in South Philadelphia along   the Delaware River.   “A Man and His Ship,” is a deeply researched look at the SS United States and its designer William Francis Gibbs.  On August 1, PlanPhilly will lead a conversation with Ujifusa about the book and the ship’s place in history.  Ujifusa will join PennPraxis’ Harris Steinberg on a Delaware River boat tour that will bring attendees up close to the SS United States on August 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

For more information, see:  http://planphilly.com/behind-planphilly-man-and-his-ship-book-release-and-vip-boat-tour-0

Thorp leaving DRWC for city water department

Sarah Thorp director of planning at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is taking a position with the Philadelphia Water Department on August 10.  Thorp oversaw the development of the Central Delaware Master Plan, which outlines the city’s vision to revitalize the waterfront between Oregon and Allegheny avenues through mixed-use development, green space connected by a multi-use trail, and the extension of the city’s street grid.  She has also worked closely with city planning and zoning officials, both on the master plan and on related zoning designed to codify the plans goals, which is still in the works.  Thorp has often been the liaison with city residents, running community input sessions on the overall master plan and master plan projects, including the Race Street Pier, Race Street Connector and Columbia Avenue Connector.

Thorp said she is looking forward to “new challenges” at the city water department, a national leader in storm water management. In April, the city announced a 25-year partnership with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to transform many of the city’s impervious surfaces to green areas to better manage rainwater runoff.  This will involve “huge challenges,” Thorp said.


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