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Delaware River Waterfront Urban Development / SS United States Adaptive Re-use

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  • In our proposal, we reconnect the City of Philadelphia to the Delaware River Waterfront by creating a dramatic development that provides a new casino and a large public park with a restored SS United States as its centerpiece.

    The first phase of the casino would be built on land with significant area for future expansion.  On-site traffic flows comfortably off Columbus Avenue and along to the grand entrance between the ship and the building.  A subsequent phase of the casino brings life back to the SS United States with gaming floors, restaurants, bars, a ship museum, public viewing areas and a boutique hotel all housed on board the permanently moored vessel.  By doing so, land area is liberated for open space and other uses.

    In addition to accommodating a full category 2 casino component, the development provides room for retail and restaurant expansions flanking the public landscaped plaza.  On the north side of the plaza, a large area is reserved for mixed residential and commercial uses.  To the south, the landward portion of the casino and its parking structure are wrapped in a sculpted jacket of amenities with 150,000 square feet of commercial office space fronting Columbus Avenue.

  • We feel strongly that public access to the Delaware Waterfront is an integral part of the development.  We are excited to propose an urban concept which is able to combine the SS United States, a national maritime treasure, sound business opportunities for the casino and other development, and a vibrant public space at the waterfront in keeping with the guidelines prepared by Penn Praxis in their Civic Vision for the Central Delaware.

    1. Client SS United States Conservancy
    2. Location Delaware Waterfront, Philadelphia, PA
    3. Services Architecture
    4. Strategic Planning / Feasibility Study
    5. Masterplanning
    6. Landscape
    7. Type Multifamily Residential
    8. Mixed Use
    9. Office & Commercial
    10. Retail
    11. Restaurant & Hospitality
    12. Urban District
    13. Tags Renovation
    14. Waterfront