Action Plan

The central Delaware is central to Philadelphia’s future. The time to take action to create a vibrant, open, green, connected central Delaware riverfront is now. Philadelphia has an extraordinary opportunity to create a world-class riverfront along the central Delaware, but it must act now.

Building on the foundation supplied by the civic vision, the goal of this action plan is to define concrete, doable actions needed to redevelop the river over the next ten years in agreement with the civic vision

The ActionPlan calls for the following Ten Objectives in 10 years:

  1. Appoint an open, accountable, effective waterfront manager.
  2. Adopt clear zoning, a detailed master plan and a coordinated regulatory policy.
  3. Build a continuous, 7-mile trail along the central Delaware riverfront.
  4. Create new parks and improve two existing parks.
  5. Guarantee public access to the riverfront and make it easier for residents to walk and bike to the river.
  6. Extend transit to the river.
  7. Extend key streets to the river
  8. Manage traffic and parking in the central Delaware area.
  9. Create a 100-foot greenway along the water’s edge.
  10. Create a natural river’s edge and restore habitat.

We Won! Councilman Squilla Holds CDO Bill

Thanks to the overwhelming opposition expressed to Councilman Squilla’s CDO bill, a press statement was issued yesterday, confirming that the CDO bill is being put on hold and will NOT be voted on at today’s Rules Committee hearing.

CDAG has further confirmed that the bill will NOT be voted on at any other committee hearing that might take place between tomorrow and when Council adjourns later this month.

However, he does plan on bringing it to a meeting of the Rules Committee in late July or early August. And therefore he is not withdrawing it. He wants there to be a firm end-date for the process.

So… this affords 6-8 weeks for a proper process. As per the sentiment at the June CDAG meeting, it is clear that in addition to working to amend the CDO in ways that make it better (and of course to fight any amendment that would undermine it), we must demand a public process to vet the issues before any final language is set.

Also, for those who wish to continue to press the larger issue of process, and the unmet demand for withdrawal, any public process to discuss the bill, will as a matter of course also allow an opportunity for the continued expression of our concerns about the way the process was handled here.

Savor the positive developments in what gives many of us the stamina to keep fighting and moving forward. We hope to be able to have a public forum for further discussion at the July CDAG meeting; more information will be sent as soon as we have it.

Thank you everyone for signing the petition and contacting Councilman Squilla, YOUR PARTICIPATION MADE A DIFFERENCE.

Dianne Mayer for CDAG

PETITION: TELL COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA TO WITHDRAW HIS BAD WATERFRONT ZONING BILL

Sign the petition at http://www.5thsq.org/squilla_withdraw_waterfront_bill

Please disseminate this petition widely via email and social media.

START CALLING Councilman Squilla’s office MONDAY MORNING at 215-686-3458 or 215-686-3459 to stop this train. Demand that he withdraw this bill so we can start over, together, with a public conversation and a proper process.

(We’re not sure if the office has a voicemail system that allows for leaving messages; if it does, folks can start calling now and fill up the inbox).

At least one reporter has learned he will make a public decision on the bill by Monday afternoon. CDAG’s understanding is that Councilman Squilla, as of now, is not going to withdraw it. However, we have reason to be hopeful that he will hold the bill and not push it through on Tues

It is essential, though, that we keep up the pressure, to maximize the chances for a good result here.

Sign the petition at http://www.5thsq.org/squilla_withdraw_waterfront_bill

A last note: The bill is on the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council Rules Committee hearing, and it also is on the agenda for the Planning Commission meeting later that day. CDAG has been assured that if Councilman Squilla holds the bill, it also will get removed from the Planning Commission agenda.

Waterfront advocates push back on Squilla’s plan to increase height limit for Central Delaware development

http://planphilly.com/articles/2017/06/09/waterfront-advocates-push-back-on-squilla-s-plan-to-increase-height-limit-for-central-delaware-development

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017BY ASHLEY HAHN 1 COMMENT
The Delaware Waterfront has seen more than its share of beautifully rendered glassy towers with sweeping waterfront views, and heard many promises of thousands of new residents. Back in 2007 PlanPhilly reported, “Developers have drawn up designs for a veritable kingdom on the Delaware, pushing proposals for more than 20 new towers containing 5,000 condo units.” By 2013, none of these plans had been realized, thanks in no small part to the economic collapse of 2008.

But by 2013 something else had happened. A citizen-driven vision for the waterfront had led to the adoption of a new Master Plan for the Central Delaware, which mapped out the city’s priorities for waterfront development from Oregon to Allegheny. In June 2013, City Council passed a new zoning overlay for the waterfront, giving the 2012 master plan teeth.

In its purest legal sense the overlay is the plan, translating its principles and ideas into code and thereby guiding what can be built on the waterfront.

First District Councilman Mark Squilla now wants to change the Central Delaware Overlay (CDO) in ways that waterfront advocates and neighborhood groups argue would undermine the waterfront plan.

“The overlay is all that stands between the people of Philadelphia and the bad old days of no planning and transactional politics on our waterfront,” said Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) chair Matt Ruben to a packed community room at Society Hill Towers on Thursday evening.* Among the 50 or so people in attendance at Thursday’s board meeting were voting members of CDAG and residents of waterfront neighborhoods, drawn by questions about Councilman Squilla’s push to amend the Central Delaware Overlay before City Council’s summer recess.

The waterfront’s zoning overlay took more than two years to craft, and was the result of extensive compromise and discussion between Councilman Squilla, city planners, members of the development community, waterfront advocates, and property owners. It applies to most properties between Oregon and Allegheny avenues, and the pier head of the Delaware River and the east side of I-95. It requires things like “river access” streets and active uses on ground floors. The current overlay caps building height at 100 feet, but developers may earn the ability to build up to 244 feet by providing certain public benefits – including public art, constructing waterfront trail segments, building to LEED standards, or creating public spaces.

Councilman Squilla is currently advancing a bill to change this bonus structure, enabling developers to earn up to 316 feet in height by changing the bonus structure. His proposed changes are in large part to accommodate a developer’s 10-tower vision for a large parcel adjacent to the Sheet Metal Workers’ hall south of Washington Avenue. The changes would double the potential bonus for building public space and add a new height bonus for creating “through-block connections” to the waterfront.

CDAG professed its openness to discussing changes to the overlay, but the best way to do so, it argues, is not in haste. And not to enable a particular development proposal. While CDAG says it does not object in concept to increasing the overall height limit, the new bonuses for realizing that height are of concern.

The existing public space bonuses have not led to the creation of real public space, said Ruben pointing to One Water Street’s sloping landscaping as an example of the existing bonus’ failure. So why increase this bonus without tightening up how well the existing one works?

The through-block connections added to the overlay are minimally defined in Squilla’s draft bill, and CDAG worries that developers could given extra height in exchange for paltry public benefit, like building driveways that fail to connect to anything meaningful on the waterfront. Since the bill’s introduction in City Council on May 11, CDAG, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), and planning commission staff have met with Councilman Squilla to discuss ways to potentially improve his bill.

After a midday meeting Friday between CDAG, DRWC, planning staff, and Councilman Squilla, the councilman would only confirm that he is “still in talks with Planning and DRWC to see how we are going to work with the proposed amendments.”

“We are open to changes… if they are in keeping with the master plan and the principles of the master plan,” said DRWC planner Karen Thompson after the meeting Thursday evening. Negotiating things like height variation on larger sites, through-streets, and public space should be carefully considered, she said. Since the overlay has been in place for a few years, now might be an appropriate time to rethink how it is working. “We just want time to really think through it all. If it’s going to get changed, ideally it wouldn’t get changed again anytime soon. So let’s just do it right.”

Among CDAG’s voting delegates present on Thursday, there was unanimous support for asking the councilman to withdraw the bill.

“In helping the councilman make this a better bill, we’re undermining the process that should have gone on and rewarding something that could happen again, where we’re force-fed a bill and then we’ve got to scramble to beg him to pull it back and make it better,” said Rosanne Loesch, president of Society Hill Civic Association. “Details aside, the process flies in the face of this master plan process that was bottom-up, citizen-driven… We should not have to play this kind of game.”

Sean McMonagle, legislative assistant for Councilman Squilla, attended the CDAG meeting Thursday evening on the councilman’s behalf. (Squilla was attending a viewing after a Pennsport friend’s death.) McMonagle said he had not been briefed by the councilman prior to the meeting and repeatedly said he knew none of the reasons for the apparent urgency of passing this bill before City Council sessions stop in two weeks for summer. He also said he did not know if the councilman could be persuaded to hold or withdraw the legislation to afford more time for substantive dialogue and revision.

“This waterfront did not get planned for, and it’s not going to be built by, a handful of people,” said Phil Stoltzfus of the Olde Richmond Civic Association, imploring McMonagle to urge the councilman to take the long view. “Let’s not take shortcuts and let’s certainly not undo the work that’s been done.”

After the meeting, McMonagle told PlanPhilly the message of discontent from CDAG’s corner was received loud and clear, but what happens next is ultimately up to the councilman.

What immediately concerns CDAG is that time is tight. The bill is scheduled for a City Council Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday, June 13th.

“June 13th is High Noon,” Ruben told the room. “We have been urging the councilman to delay and hold this bill until the fall. Not so that we can obstruct and delay and be difficult but so that we can get the right language in to amend the [overlay] properly in a way that serves his stated goals and in a way that serves the goals of the master plan.”

*NOTE: Matt Ruben is a member of PlanPhilly’s community advisory committee.

(Bill No. 170017) Proposed Changes to the Bonus Structure to the Master Plan

City of Philadelphia

(Bill No. 170017) AN ORDINANCE

Amending Section 14-507 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “/CDO Central Delaware Riverfront Overlay District,” by amending provisions under certain terms and conditions.

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1. Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

TITLE 14. ZONING AND PLANNING.

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CHAPTER 14-500. OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICTS.

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  • 14-507. /CDO Central Delaware Riverfront Overlay District.

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(7) Off-Street Parking.

(a) For lots fronting on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, or a river access street, as set forth in subsection (3):

  • No more than one curb cut shall be permitted along any street frontage [; and] provided, that
  • Where a river access street has been extended to intersect with the Delaware River, such extended river access street shall not be considered a curb cut for the purposes of this Section 14-507(7);
  • Off-street parking shall not be located in the front yard.

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(8) Prohibited Permanent Structures.

City of Philadelphia

BILL NO. 170017 continued                                                                              Certified Copy

Where a river access street, if extended, would intersect with the Delaware River, no permanent structure shall be constructed within the right-of-way of the extension of such street. For the purposes of this section, if the right-of-way has a width of greater than 70 feet, the right-of-way shall be deemed to include only a 70 foot wide path located entirely within the boundaries of the street, as extended. If a single person or entity owns the entire extension of the street within the boundaries of this Overlay District, then such owner shall designate where the 70 foot wide path shall be located, so long as it is located entirely within the boundaries of the street, as extended, and, so far as practicable, runs parallel to such boundaries. If a single person or entity does not own the entire extension of the street, the 70 foot wide path shall be located equidistant from each of the two outer edges of the street, as extended.

SECTION 2. This Ordinance shall become effective immediately.

Explanation:

[Brackets] indicate matter deleted. Italics indicate new matter added.

One of the most important agenda items in the last five years

The June CDAG board meeting is Thursday June 8th, 6pm at the Society Hill Tower  meeting room. We have one of the most important agenda items in the last five years: Discussion of Councilman Mark Squilla’s pending bill that would amend the Central Delaware Zoning Overlay.

Councilman Mark Squilla has introduced a bill to amend the CDO (Central Delaware Zoning Overlay) in several ways. Most notably, the bill would increase the maximum allowed building height, and create a new height bonus for making “through connections” to the waterfront via quasi-public driveways and other passages run through private developments.

CDAG believes the CDO can be modified in positive ways, but has grave concerns about this bill, which in its current form would undermine the Central Delaware Master Plan and the CDO.

If you share these concerns, would like to learn more, and would like to dialogue with Councilman Squilla, please come out to the June CDAG board meeting Thursday, June 8, 6-7:30PMSociety Hill Towers  Community Room (285 St. James Place – in small shopping complex next to the towers). Councilman Squilla will be on hand at 6, and this will be the first item on the agenda.

And here is the meeting agenda:

  • 6:00 – Call to order
  • 6:05 – CDO AMENDMENT LEGISLATION, with special guest Councilman Mark Squilla
  • 6:50 – Zoning presentation, 120 N. Columbus Blvd (Holiday Inn – signage)
  • 7:05 – Approval of May meeting minutes, and officer reports
  • 7:15 – Old Business
  • 7:25 – New Business
  • 7:30 – Adjournment

We hope to see you there!

Update: The I-95 park cap project is just $10M away

William Penn Foundation, PennDOT confirm additional funds.

The I-95 cap project is damn near funded.

Through spokesman Brad Rudolph, deputy communications director of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the agency confirmed to Billy Penn this afternoon that it plans to commit $100 million to the cap, which would cover the multilane interstate highway from Chestnut to Walnut Streets, and a park that will slope down toward the Delaware River. Plans for the cap have been awaiting funding for decades, and got a huge boost this week when Mayor Jim Kenney told PlanPhilly that the city will allocate $90 million toward the project.

PL Rendering Final_Park Looking East
PROVIDED BY THE DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION

Penn’s Landing Park should cost an estimated $225 million. A Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) spokeswoman later clarified that part of this cost was chipped off when PennDOT allocated a $10 million grant for a feasibility study and early work for the project.

“After developing the Penn’s Landing concept as part of the Master Plan, DRWC worked with the City of Philadelphia, PennDOT, and philanthropic sources to advocate for the full funding,” Tom Corcoran, the President of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, said through a spokeswoman. “There is now a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reconnect Penn’s Landing back to the Old City and the historic district”

Later on Thursday, the William Penn Foundation provided Billy Penn with a statement on their grant for the park. The foundation is committing “up to $15 million.”

With PennDOT’s and the William Penn Foundation’s new commitments, that leaves only $10 million until the project is fully funded.

“We are pleased to join the city, state and Delaware River Waterfront Corporation in their efforts to realize this vision of creating a new, regional recreation destination,” William Penn Foundation Executive Director Shawn McCaney said, per the statement. “However, there is more work to be done before we reach the finish line. We will support DRWC in its efforts to fill the remaining fundraising gap and invite other partners to join us at the table.”

In 2014, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation released their feasibility study, including renderings for the park, that indicated the project would generate $1.6 billion in economic impact to the area.

Cities around the U.S. have considered design options for their freeways, widely criticized among urbanists for the disruption they prove to walkability, and the mass demolitions (and displacement) that occurred to make way for the expressways. Some cities have opted to convert highways into tighter boulevards, but highway cap parks are indeed a thing, with famous examples found in Boston and Dallas.

Walk With Us, May 5, 2017!

Remaking the Waterfront: Pier 9 and Penn’s Landing

Pier 9

Led by Karen Thompson, Lizzie Woods

May 5, 2017, 11:00 AM, 1.5 Hours
Remaking the Waterfront: Pier 9 and Penn’s LandingLed by Karen Thompson, Lizzie Woods

About This Walk

We’ll start at Pier 9, an early 20th century municipal pier, to tour the building and talk about our concept and plans to transform the building into a dynamic publicly-accessible space. After that we’ll tour the Penn’s Landing area between Market Street and South Street to discuss how DRWC has transformed the area in the short-term with SummerFest/WinterFest and Spruce Street Harbor Park. We’ll then talk about how the Penn’s Landing park and cap over I-95 is progressing.

CDAG Board Minutes April 13, 2017, 6:00 PM

Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) Board Minutes

April 13, 2017, 6:00 PM

Society Hill Towers Community Room – Recorded Attendance Attached

First Draft CDAG Minutes from Irene’s notes

  1. Call to Order and Approval of Minutes 

*Chair Matt Ruben called the meeting to order at 6:15 pm. He informed members that Secretary Nina Zimmer’s husband, Louis Zimmer, died yesterday April 12 and the CDAG Board agreed to send flowers for the memorial service. Irene McNeil volunteered to take meeting notes and transcribe them.

*A Quorum was present and the minutes from the 2017 March Board meeting were approved as submitted. Motioned by Paul Nutaitis, seconded by Dianne Mayer.

*The Chair welcomed Felix Torres-Colon, the new Executive Director of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC). Torres-Colon replaces Sandy Salzman. The Chair also welcomed special meeting guest Sarah Clark Stuart, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia as well as Janet Kalter (Old City), Marsha Moss (Society Hill) and Frank McAninley (confirm spelling and from which organization if possible).

Officer Reports 

Chair/Vice Chair: See Updates Below. 

Treasurer: Jim Moss reported CDAG’s account balance of $4,400 (Jim will reconfirm). He noted there are late membership dues and that he will follow up with the members in question. 

Secretary: There is a quorum and the approval of the Minutes was noted.

III. Updates on Waterfront Issues and Projects: Matt Ruben and Joe Schiavo 

*”Festival Pier” site (www.festivalpierphilly.com) at Columbus Blvd near Spring Garden Street: Co-Developers, Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties, met with the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (DRWC) that controls the site, in November 2016 and late February 2017. DRWC is asking for more changes to the original plan before the project can move forward. The building architect is Cecil Baker & Partners and the landscape architect is Olin. No updates since the last meeting with DRWC.

*”One Water Street” (www.one-water.com) is the building north of/next to Benjamin Franklin Bridge: After paying $3.75M to the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund in lieu of promised affordable housing units, developer PMC Property Group faces more issues. The actual building is already in place and occupied; but, the reality of the finished building does not reflect renderings for certain elements including open public space that were used to qualify for additional height beyond the approved plans. In addition, there is lack of parking within the lot and the One Water Street residents’ cars end up clogging nearby streets and impeding emergency access. Joe Schiavo will follow up with a walk-through and with the City’s Planning Commission.

* “Liberty On the River” is the project on the vacant lot between the Sheet Metal Union building and Comcast:  Developer K4 Associates (contact Jeffrey Kozero) plans to build 2,000 apartments and a hotel with 10 proposed towers. The proposal has generated several community meetings, including a presentation at CDAG, that generated concerns about layout (entrance in particular) and lack of parking. The project is noted without new updates to report.

* Development project on the vacant lot (previously the Foxwoods casino project) between the AAA building and the Comcast building at Reed Street: This property is actually divided in three distinct lots: Developer Bart Blatstein is proposing a residential development on one lot, a Super Wawa with gas station on the second lot, and a Lidl grocery store on the third lot.  There are on-going concerns about the position of the gas station. The project is noted without new updates to report.

*Piers 34 and 35 aka Emerald Piers: The developer Ensemble Group is planning to build a residential high-rise on Pier 34 and a public park on adjoining Pier 35. While the renderings and the details of the project have not officially been made public, the landscape architectural renderings were posted by Philadelphia University at https://www.behance.net/gallery/32180523/Piers-34-35-Philadelphia-PA. For these renderings, Ensemble hired landscape architect Groundswell that generated a special project with Philadelphia University. The project was noted without new updates to report.

* Registered Community Organizations (RCOs): City legislation was introduced to amend RCO regulations:

-The City’s Planning Commission would be able to revoke an RCO’s status for non-compliance;

– Political Wards would have to meet the same regulations as other RCO’s, as opposed to using their status as a substitute;

– Developers would have to announce a project(s) and/or alteration(s) to all neighbors within a complete 300 ft. radius, as opposed to 200 ft. on the same block and opposite side.

*City’s New Zoning Board Chairman: Though not officially announced, there is news the City will appoint former City Councilman Frank DiCicco as the New Zoning Board Chairman. DiCicco was instrumental in creating the Commission that modernized the Zoning Code in 2012.

  1. SPECIAL GUEST: The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

Sarah Clark Stuart, Executive Director of The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, updated CDAG Board on the City’s and the DRWC Penn’s Landing bicycle rules as well as the challenges of enforcement. Ahead of her CDAG presentation, Stuart had talked with Karen Thomson, DRWC Planner/Project Manager and Jeannette Brugger of the City’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (Otis).

  1. Bicycling Rules

City-Wide: According to the City, bicyclists over the age of 12 are not allowed to ride on the sidewalks, unless there are specific sidewalk-designated bicycle lanes.

Penn’s Landing: Bicycling rules on Penn’s Landing are not governed by the City; but, rather by the Authority governing the space, which is DRWC. The same type of local governance is in place at other Philadelphia parks. According to Stuart’s conversation with DRWC, bicycling on Penn’s Landing is not allowed after 10 am. She was told new outdoor signs were being prepared to better inform bicyclists. Also, she was told DRWC staff is aware of youth bicycling packs that are causing safety problems for pedestrians.

  1. The World of Bicycle Packs and Stunt Bicycling

Teenagers in bicycling packs are the main stunt riders. The advent of social media has propelled some of the stunt bicyclists to local, national and international fame. Top bicycle manufacturers cater to stunt bicyclists and offer free equipment.

While skateboarding parks are available, there are fewer parks to practice and show off bicycle stunts. Note from Irene: some skateboard parks are welcoming BMX bicyclists. BMX stands for bicycle motocross and they are used for off-road racing and stunt riding.

  1. Risky Behavior of Bicycle Packs and of Stunt Bicycling

The stunt bicyclists put themselves at risk as well as undermine the safety of nearby pedestrians and drivers.

Environmental factors: According to news reports, some parents prefer having their children doing risky bicycle stunts and putting themselves and others at risk rather than seeing them committing more serious crimes.

Police are reluctant to chase them because either they – themselves – are ill-equipped and they consider the chase to be a risk for the bicyclists and nearby pedestrians and drivers.

It is difficult to criminalize what bicyclists are doing unless a specific crime is reported. Bicycle injuries and crimes are not always reported and statistics are hard to come by. Note from Irene: In 2015, the City of Philadelphia published a Pedestrian and Bicycle crash report at http://www.phila.gov/health/pdfs/PedestrianBicycleCrashReport.pdf

  1. Prevention
  2. a) The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has created youth bicycle programs to foster healthy bicycling habits and to teach rules of conduct, for instance with the Cadence Youth Cycling Advisory Committee and with the City of Philadelphia-sponsored school bicycling education safety programs.
  3. b) Stuart recommended a continued conversation with DRWC.
  1. Future of Bicycling at Penn’s Landing and the Waterfront

With advent of the I-CAP and the I-95 improvements, designated bike lanes will be put in place and will provide safety for both bicyclists and pedestrians.

  1. Historical Designation of Pennsport Engine 46 Firestation Building

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia (PAGP) contacted CDAG for support in preserving the Pennsport Engine 46 fire station building, located at 1401 S. Water Street. PAGP has documented the 1894 building, attributed to architect John Windrim, for its architectural significance. The building has a Flemish revival facade and castle-like tower from an era of flamboyant and high-style trappings erected by the City of Philadelphia in the early nineteenth century, making it one of the most iconic buildings in the Pennsport neighborhood. The Preservation Alliance has initiated a formal request to the Philadelphia Historical Commission to nominate and list the building on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. The 24-page application, including photos, was officially received by the Commission on March 9, 2017 and is available for viewing at http://www.phila.gov/historical/Documents/1401-S-Water-St-nomination.pdf The Preservation will send a draft of the support letter to CDAG for its signature and will confirm the date of the upcoming review meeting at the Historical Commission.

  1. Old Business 

* I-CAP City Funding

Board members received a copy of the letter from CDAG Chair Matt Ruben to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney praising him for “your vision and leadership in calling for $90 million of City funds to be invested in the capping of a portion of I-95 along the Central Delaware Waterfront.” Board members thanked Matt Ruben.

* Review of Proposed Bylaws amendments following the March CDAG meeting on Member Policies

The Board reviewed the wording of the most recent draft of the CDAG by-laws amendment regarding “Article IV – Constituent organizations” as follows:

It was noted that the previous month’s (March) draft update of the By-Laws, at C1 “That Civic Associations constitute at least 75 % of Board Membership” was NOT in fact the correct percentage, which was 60%, and that the 75% referred only to the vote required for new or restored membership. The typo would be corrected and be noted retroactively for March. To confirm the correct wording, here is the updated text:

  1. Organizations May Seek Membership on the Board. Subject to the limitations following, an organization may become a Constituent Organization of CDAG upon an affirmative vote of 75% of the total voting membership of the Board after consideration of the recommendation of the Membership Committee following the organization’s completion of the Board’s Procedures for New or Restored Membership.  The following additional conditions apply:
  1.   Limitation To Assure That Civic Associations Constitute at Least 60% of Board Membership.  No application for membership by a non-civic association will be considered if its approval would result in the percentage of civic associations on the Board becoming less than 60% of the total membership of the Board.

After reviewing the updated By-Laws, the Amendments were approved unanimously. Motioned by Joe Schiavo, seconded by Dianne Mayer.

  1. New Business

*  “Reed Estates” is the project on the site of the Freda Meats building at Front Street, near Reed: Billboard mogul and developer Dominick Cipollini plans to build twenty-six 3-storey 3 bedroom single-family homes with US Construction and JKRP Architects. There is considerable community opposition to the mega billboard Cipollini plans to install atop the residential building. The proposed billboard size (120 ft high) with digital lighting is meant for I-95 passing cars; however, it would also affect a large swath of the community. The group Scenic Philadelphia has spearheaded the billboard opposition campaign that has generated meetings, a petition and local news.

* “Piers 12, 13-15, 19 and 24” North of Benjamin Franklin Bridge, currently used by Dave & Buster’s, Hibachi, and Morgan’s Pier, have been sold by DRWC. As reported in the news, developer Durst Organization described the project as a long-term hold for an eventual apartment complex. Durst will let current commercial leases expire without amendments. Other than the sales announcement itself, no updates were reported.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm.