DRWC Unveils Early Redevelopment Plans for Festival Pier Site

Festival Pier | via DRWC

Festival Pier | via DRWC

Welp, it’s official. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has chosen the partnership of Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties to transform the 11.5-acre Festival Pier site into a massive mixed-use complex chock-full of apartments, retail and public space, including clear sight lines and access to the mighty Delaware River.

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Report: Board Could Choose Festival Pier Developer on Friday (Updated)

Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Photo via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Concept Taken from Master Plan for the Central Delaware | Photo via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Spring Garden Street leading up to the Delaware River has become a hotbed of development activity this year, and there’s probably no bigger project on deck than the reimagining of the Festival Pier site on Columbus Boulevard.

According to Jacob Adelman of The Inquirer, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) will vote on the winner of the three-horse race to redevelop the 11.5-acre site at a board meeting on Friday.

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DJ Armin van Buuren Talks Career, Fame and Words to Live By

Photos by Steve Garfinkel

Armin van Buuren at Festival Pier | Photos by Steve Garfinkel

Last night’s Armin van Buuren concert at Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier felt like a sort of religious revival pimped out with glow sticks, fog machines, lasers, LED walls and electronic bass so deep and so loud your internal organs quivered to the beat. Adoring trance music fans didn’t find God, but a communal aural euphoria that held them tight through the two-hour set.

The technical skills and taste that earned van Buuren his No. 1 world deejay ranking for five years by DJ Mag, the EDM bible, were on display as fans danced, smoked, drank beer, pounded their fists to the sky and generally had a freewheeling great time.

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3 Pro-Weed Events in Philly This Week

Mayor Nutter may have signed a marijuana decriminalization bill in October, but Philly still has a long way to go to legalization. Part of that journey involves educating folks about the benefits of marijuana, and that’s being done in a series of events that just so happen to be lumped together here at the end of July—from educational forums to a big ol’ bash on Friday. We’ve rounded them up so you don’t miss a toke … I mean a beat.

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Potential Festival Pier Developers Whittled Down to Three Finalists

Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Photo via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Master Plan for the Central Delaware | Photo via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation sent out notice in February that they were looking for expressions of interests regarding the redevelopment of the Festival Pier, an 11-acre site at Spring Garden Street and Columbus Boulevard. Today, it looks as though they’ve whittled down the field from eight companies to three, each will be required to incorporate a residential component into their plans.

Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the DRWC has “shortlisted” these three groups:

  • Jefferson Apartment Group (McLean, Virginia) and Haverford Properties Inc. (Haverford, Pennsylvania)
  • RAL Companies (New York)
  • Toll Brothers (Horsham, Pennsylvania)

Kostelni reports that a “residential component will be the anchor” of the site and the DRWC “narrowed it down by considering experience and financial capacity to complete a large-scale, mixed-use project.” The development of Festival Pier is seen as a precursor of sorts to the process of redeveloping Penn’s Landing.

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Roots to Bring Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Win Butler to Philly for Roots Picnic

Roots Picnic lineup

The Roots Picnic has quickly become one of Philly’s great summer concert traditions, a one-day, three-stage festival where the Roots come back to Philly and invite some of the best artists of all genres. Last year, The Roots were the backing band as Snoop Dogg ran through his hits. Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh showed up. It was great. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Parcel on Delaware Waterfront Seeks Expressions of Interest

Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Photo via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Master Plan for the Central Delaware.
Photo via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Now here’s an exciting update for developers looking for a piece of the Delaware waterfront: the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has put out a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for a parcel located at Spring Garden Street and Delaware Ave/Columbus Blvd. The space, known as the Festival Pier site, has already undergone predevelopment work.

According to the release, the property plays a significant role in the Central Delaware Master Plan as it’s “the second largest publicly-owned parcel on the waterfront” after Penn’s Landing. The Master Plan has previously pinpointed the site as “a location for a landmark, high-quality development” because of its potential to “extend the growth and vibrancy of the nearby neighborhoods” to the waterfront. The space is currently zoned CMX-3, or mixed-use residential.

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PHOTOS: Calvin Harris and Co. Drop the Bass for Wired Fest Fans

The alcohol- and drug-induced mayhem that was Wired Fest was a huge hit — with music, booze and other clearly observable extra-curricular activities. Hosted by local hip-hop station Wired 96.5, thousands packed the Festival Pier Friday to see artists perform with the Delaware River as their backdrop. The show’s first big artist, Iggy Azalea, had the audience swaying to hits “Fancy” and “Work.” The Australian-born rapper was actually one of the strongest sets of the day, and the only artist who wasn’t behind a movie-theater-screen-sized DJ table.

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I Went to a Concert Populated by Half-Naked Teenagers and Somehow Survived


I was 17 the first time I ever felt old at a concert. I went to the Rancid show at the Electric Factory with a friend from my freshman hall. It was so awkward. We saw so many kids. We hung in the back. Security stopped him from smoking a cigarette. The lead singer of opening act AFI was named “Davey Havok.” We felt so old. Is this what life would be like now? “This is definitely my last Rancid show,” my friend said as we walked back to the El. I agreed.

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