Development Coming to Delaware Riverfront in Bensalem

A rendering of the project, courtesy of the developer

A rendering of the project, courtesy of the developer

A new partnership may soon begin construction on Waterside, a planned riverfront development in lower Bucks County on the former site of the Elf Atochem chemical plant. The first phase will consist of 176 neo-traditional townhomes and twin and detached homes, with 25 percent of the land preserved for a park and trails. Per a township ordinance, the development will offer riverfront access to the public.

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Can a Waterfront Car Dealership Actually Be Cool?

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The Mercedes House in New York, an apartment building anchored by a car dealership, offers Piazza-like amenities such as outdoor movie screenings. Image via

Waterfront Square residents may not have completely grasped the details, but just about everyone in attendance at the Jan. 27 meeting of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) Zoning Committee found a lot to like about an innovative mixed-use project being put forth by auto dealer Gene DiSimone, developer Michael Mattioni and ISA Studio Architects.

The proposal, which currently takes the form of an eight-story, 100-foot-tall building at the southwest corner of Delaware and Fairmount avenues, combines a cafe, apartments and an auto showroom.

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Tonight: Public Meeting on the Future of Penn’s Landing

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Rendering of Penn’s Landing Park © KieranTimberlake/Brooklyn Digital Foundry.

Tonight the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation hosts a public meeting at Festival Pier (601 N. Columbus Blvd.) to reveal preliminary proposals and renderings for an improved Penn’s Landing, which actually couldn’t be unimproved, if you think about it.

To be discussed:

· A cap over I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street to allow for the creation of network of park spaces from Front Street to the river’s edge
· Renewed public spaces ringing the Penn’s Landing Marina
· A new bridge crossing Columbus Boulevard at South Street.
· Conceptual site plans for development on Penn’s Landing at the Market Street site (between Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River and Market Street and Chestnut Street) and around the Marina (between Walnut Street and South Street and Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River).

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Delaware River Waterfront Gets a $5 Million Cash Infusion

Image courtesy DWRC

Image courtesy DWRC

Today is a good one for Philadelphia’s waterfront. The William Penn Foundation has given $5 million to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to aid with the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. From the DRWC press release:

The funds are intended to support projects that facilitate public access to the waterfront, improve connections between neighboring communities and the river, and facilitate further public and private investment and natural resource protection.

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Man Builds Boat, Can’t Get It To Water


What have you been doing for the last eight years? Whatever it is, it’s probably not as impressive as what Swarthmore alumnus Jonah Eaton has been doing with his time. He’s been building a boat. By hand. But now that the boat is done, he’s having problems actually getting it, you know, into the water. Read more »

Waterfront Condo Has Two Private Terraces, 24/7 Valet, and a Vodka Bar Pre-Stocked With Vodka

This Waterfront Square condo on the Delaware is actually two units put together, which may explain why it has four deeded parking spots and three storage units (on the same floor as the condo). There are plus d’amenities at the gated community: Aside from the expected — 24-hour security, a fitness center — there’s also a putting green, a dog walk, a shuttle bus and an indoor pool.

As for the condo itself, appealing features include a walk-in closet “that will make any girl swoon,” according to the listing. Well, not any girl, surely. And do fashionable men not swoon? At any rate, gender politics aside, what may be most exciting is the vodka bar that is already stocked with vodka. Skol!

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30-Year-Old Woman Dies After Fall From Window of Luxury Condo

At 4:20 a.m. this morning, a still unidentified 30-year-old woman fell from the 12th story window of the luxurious Dockside Condominiums on the Delaware River. She was pronounced dead at 4:36 after after hitting a fourth-floor balcony. It’s unclear whether she jumped, fell, or if foul play was to blame.

A bunch of local athletes and celebrity types have called the place home recently, including Tony Bruno, Darren Daulton, Geno Vento, and once upon a time, DeSean Jackson. Here’s Bruno’s take.

Here’s a promo video for the joint, to give you a sense for the place.


“Sweet Retreats” Features Philly Rentals—Including a Houseboat

Houseboat at Penns LandingThe Living Well Network’s Sweet Retreats featured Philly a few episodes back. Two women, Kathy and Meredith, go looking for a weekend rental that will accommodate five women for a “girls’ weekend.” They’re happy to share bedrooms, as long as there are at least two bathrooms, a large common space and a good location.

Our favorite rental they look at, if only for novelty’s sake, is a Penn’s Landing houseboat. One of the women refers to a “P. Diddy yacht-style party” they might have, but it’s a sarcastic reference: Both ladies seem to have local accents, and one is delighted by the presence of red Solo cups in the cabinet. This is Philly, through and through.

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