July 28, 2017
Categories: Real Estate Initiatives,
Corridor redevelopment is not a new topic. Various planning and design approaches—such as complete streets, living streets, and great streets—aim to redevelop commercial corridors to meet more of their users’ needs. The healthy corridors approach considers how the corridor contributes to the overall health of the surrounding community, including strengthening connections to city resources, and providing opportunities to be physically active. It also considers safety, housing affordability, transportation options, environmental sustainability, and social cohesion, as well as leveraging local assets to promote job growth and economic opportunities for local residents. The Local Leadership Group and planning workshops will be Chaired by Julie Donofrio, ULI Philadelphia member and Managing Director at PennPraxis, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design’s center for applied research, outreach and practice. The University of Pennsylvania is providing an in-kind match to the ULI funds.
The Leadership Group will convene local stakeholders for a one-day planning review of data, existing plans and discussion about focus areas and challenges in late July. This fall, a National Advisory Workshop will bring outside experts focused on the questions facing the corridor, ending in public presentation of recommendations and a feature in ULI Global Content.
“This project offers a great opportunity to look closely at a key neighborhood and important thoroughfare in the City that has recently undergone substantial development, and where additional is expected.” said Julie Donofrio, Managing Director of PennPraxis and Chair of the Grays Ferry Initiative. “As part of this process, we look forward to engaging with numerous partners and nearby institutions, as well as local residents and business owners, to discuss the potential of this area and future health outcomes.”