With Delaware riverfront plan adopted, now comes the hard part

The Delaware River has long been lined with water-polluting chemical plants and refineries, according to Forbes.

After years of crafting, the master plan for a six-mile stretch of the Delaware River waterfront was adopted by a unanimous vote yesterday from the city’s Planning Commission.

The plan calls for creating a network of parks and trails to encourage pedestrian access and leverage private investment between Allegheny and Oregon avenues over the next 25 years. It also identifies land uses that would make the corridor a prime attraction for residents and tourists.

When considering future development, the Planning Commission will be required to see how the proposed development fits in with the master plan, although it is not bound by the plan, which was commissioned by the Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Some developers objected to the plan, insisting it relies on city funding that has yet to be allocated or would infringe on privately owned land or looks too far out, but commissioners said the plan appropriately lays out a vision — something the waterfront has long been missing.

“I think that one of the strengths of this plan is the fact that it is incremental, it does allow multiple steps, time along the way to make it more perfect as it is implemented, so I think it’s a terrific plan — not perfect — really terrific,” said commissioner Nancy Rogo Trainer.

The plan is divided into near-term, midterm and long-term proposals. Some of the public improvements have already been completed, including the Race Street Pier, Washington Avenue Green and a trail between Pier 70 and Washington Avenue.

The total price tag for the public improvements included in the plan is $750 million. DRWC executive director Tom Corcoran said the organization is not simply relying on city funding, citing a state grant and charitable donation DRWC recently received to purchase several parcels.

“It’s going to be a combination of federal, state, local programmatic dollars, as well as these types of innovative financing techniques,” Corcoran said.

Privately held problems

Some challenges that remain for the master plan:
   
Land acquisition: Nearly 90 percent of the land along the central Delaware is privately-owned, so DRWC must negotiate purchases and right-of-way leases for some of the parks and trails it has planned.
   
Capital markets: Due to the uncertainty of financing for developers, it is hard to say whether some of the land uses envisioned will ultimately develop.
   
Public funding: The $750 million needed for all of the public improvements is no small thing, but DRWC points out, that is spread out over decades, making it more achievable.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for…

By Kate KellandLONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored…

National

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as…

By Irene KlotzNEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars…

Local

NYPD: Man found hanging in Brooklyn subway station

A man was found hanging inside a Brooklyn subway station on Saturday morning, police said. The man, who still had not been identified on Sunday,…

Local

Only church destroyed in 9/11 set to rebuild

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship destroyed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11, held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to start the…

Television

9 things we learned about 'Hannibal' Season 3…

There’s plenty of fall television to be excited about, but the crowd inside the Paley Center for Media on Saturday night only wanted one thing:…

Going Out

Watch home cooks try to impress Tom Colicchio…

Is what you’re making for dinner tonight good enough to serve “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio? That’s the standard that some of the city’s best…

Television

‘Homeland’ recap: Season 4, Episode 4 ‘Iron in…

Carrie Mathison, what are you doing?! Don’t seduce virgins! More on that later: Lots of crazy stuff went down on the "Iron in the Fire" ep of "Homeland"!

Movies

Box office: Brad Pitt kills Nazis, also Nicholas…

This weekend, Brad Pitt's second WWII movie, "Fury," rolled into the lead, while the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Best of Me," got little love.

College

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front

NFL

DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.

NFL

Jets trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin: Report

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Jets have sent a conditional draft pick to the Seahawks for wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…

Wellbeing

Health News: 5K for lung cancer, free yoga,…

Get some fresh air to benefit lung cancer research On Friday, the first-ever Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk will take place Oct. 26 at Cadman Plaza…

Education

Can these two college students come up with…

Two Atlanta college students say they have an idea for a simple test that would quickly diagnosis the Ebola virus - and it all started…

Education

Chances are, the average college student isn't taking…

As a bachelor’s degree becomes more expensive than ever, one new report is criticizing colleges for the content of those pricey educations. The American Council…