After several public meetings allowing community members to weigh in on streetscape options for Cottman Avenue, the latest draft of the concept plan, which includes green stormwater infrastructure, is complete and ready for review.
The City of Philadelphia is holding a Virtual Public Open House to provide information about the proposed improvements, answer questions about the project, and hear your feedback.
You can review the proposed ideas and submit feedback at any time that works for you, now through Oct. 6:
Virtual Public Open House
Open 24/7 from September 8, 2021 through October 6, 2021
For those who want more information or to ask questions in person, the City is also offering a live virtual presentation to provide an overview of the project and give an opportunity for public response. A Water Department representative will be in attendance along with other project team members to address questions, comments, and concerns around green stormwater infrastructure planned for the project.
If you plan to attend, please review the documents on the Project Information page prior to the meeting:
Virtual Project Presentation
Date: September 22, 2021 from 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85885618717
Meeting ID: 858 8561 8717
Meeting Phone Number for call-ins: 1-646-876-9923
Made possible through significant investments from the City of Philadelphia, the project aims to improve safety, mobility, and access for people traveling along Cottman Avenue, from just west of Roosevelt Boulevard to Castor Avenue, making the corridor greener, brighter, and safer.
The Cottman Avenue Streetscape project effort grew out of the Philadelphia2035: Central Northeast District Plan — the result of community forums held locally over four years. The project is managed by the Streets Department and is funded by the Commerce Department.
The plan includes green stormwater infrastructure installations that will help reduce pollution in local waterways, the goal of the Water Department's Green City, Clean Waters program. The stormwater systems would add to proposed upgrades that include new lighting, bus shelters, sidewalk bump-outs, curb ramps, traffic signals, and landscaping.
The Water Department is developing a series of new green tools along this stretch of Cottman Ave. that will soak up more than a quarter-million gallons of runoff during a 1-inch rainstorm. Privately owned lots along the avenue are also getting greened, as the Water Department's Stormwater Incentives program works with business owners and others to fund sustainable stormwater improvements.
The City is revamping streets in a way that improves traffic and safety under the Vision Zero goals while also boosting environmental conditions and economic opportunities.
The project is slated to be constructed in Spring 2023.