Bensalem Township Waterfront Revitalization
For two decades, the Mayor and Council have looked towards the Delaware River and seen it’s potential for Economic Development. Over those years, Bensalem Township participated in an array of studies involving the Riverfront. In April of 2014, the Mayor and Council partnered with the Bensalem Economic Development Corporation with the purpose to create a tool to develop it’s Riverfront.
To ensure success this tool must be:
- Sensitive to its context
- Responsive to Regional Needs.
- Effective in securing the relevance of Bensalem Township for the future.
The study area was 675 acres between I-95 and the Delaware River and between Station Ave and Street Rd. It is primarily an industrial site with 25 acres of wetlands, 75 acres of floodplain, and 175 acres of fabrication facilities.
The plan included 7 core principles:
- The region should retain its visual character derived from the natural infrastructure.
- Green corridors defining and connecting urbanized areas.
- The development is compact, pedestrian oriented, and mixed use.
- That ordinary activities of daily living are within walking distance.
- That appropriate densities and land use are within walking distance of transit stops.
- That buildings and landscaping contribute to the physical definition of the community with a range of housing types and price levels for diverse ages and incomes.
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