People had a chance to talk about what they’d like to see at the Chester waterfront as architects begin creating a masterplan, writes Colin Ainsworth for the Delco News Network.
Casual dining and bars, fitness centers and housing were all suggested at a public meeting last week asking for resident input. Connecting the Riverwalk to the East Coast Greenway and educational venues focusing on the river’s ecology were also suggested.
The architectural firm NBBJ was hired in October to design a redevelopment plan for the area surrounding Talen Energy Stadium and the Wharf at Rivertown office complex.
Kathryn Firth, urban design director, and Chris Herlich, urban design, planning and geodesign associate, met with the public Thursday evening and Friday morning at Chester City Hall and in closed-door focus groups and individual meetings.
They will return Dec. 12 for a town hall-style presentation of their initial findings. The plan is scheduled to be completed in June.
The pair said the project will benefit from the enthusiasm they encountered from everyone.
“We’ve worked in communities where people are sort of ambivalent, and that is not the situation here. The enthusiasm and the passion is fantastic,” said Firth.
Read more about the waterfront plans here.