With a Plan Now in Place, Chester’s Waterfront Is Ready for Extensive Development

Image via Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County.

There’s a master plan now to develop 100 acres of riverfront land surrounding Subaru Park, writes Natalie Kostelni for Philadelphia Business Journal.

The Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County released the plan Tuesday for revitalizing an area from Highland Avenue to Norris Street. It covers the soccer stadium area and nearby Wharf building.

“Many cities would kill to have this,” said Tom Shoemaker, Pennsylvania president for TD Bank and chair of the Riverfront Alliance about the riverfront and park. “This plan is just the first step along the way.”

The plan calls for:

  • Improving public transit, cycling and pedestrian walkways along Rt. 291, extending the East Coast Greenway;
  • Enhancing Barry Bridge Park and the riverwalk trail, developing public spaces on the water front for retail, boating and recreation;
  • Storm water management to mitigate climate change and rising sea levels, along with developing natural landscapes, shading and more plantings;
  • Leveraging local and outside investment;
  • Improving the public perception of Chester

The multi-phased plan aims for one cohesive year-round waterfront for tourists and residents, similar to Penn’s Landing.

Road improvements, designing a riverfront park and a public art program will kick off the development.

Read more details about the riverfront master plan here.

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