Headlines: The Rail Park Gets Go-Ahead from Planning Commission

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Image courtesy of Bryan Hanes | Studio Bryan Hanes

Image courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission officially gave its blessing this week to a bill that would allow the city to purchase a 0.8-acre tract of the former Reading Viaduct in Callowhill. You know it as the future home of The Rail Park.

It’s not too surprising that the commission gave the go-ahead. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly, who was at the meeting, summed it up rather well: “Can you imagine a different outcome? As far as we can tell, this project has zero opponents.” In fact, the entire presentation is wrapped up in a 3-minute long video that ends with a rather ho-hum approval vote from the commissioners.

The Art Commission approved the plan for the park earlier this month and the approval of the bill is the next step in developing the former rail corridor into a public amenity.

Once realized, the experience on the elevated park will include landscaped walking trails, lighting and various site furnishings.

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