UPDATE (5/11): All renderings have now been added to the post.
After a few delays, the Rivage presentation is back on track with developer David Grasso scheduled to return on Wednesday May 18 to present to a joint East Falls Forward/EFCC zoning meeting. (7PM Downs Hall, PhilaU campus. Interactive map here)
Grasso’s preliminary presentations last year generated overwhelming support, but also yielded plenty of inquiries about building details. Grasso’s team took the feedback and went to work fine-tuning their plan, which we’ve attached below.
One set of renderings, from Ridge Ave./Calumet were oddly a source of some not very polite suspicion by EFCC members at the Ridge Flats meeting in November of last year. (It was after all an informational meeting — no approvals were being sought.) Fortunately Grasso didn’t let the grousing interfere with his fastidious approach.
Now that all the drawings are in, let’s hope Grasso can finally move forward. A little history — the community has approved much larger buildings than this one in the past and surveys have repeatedly shown consistent support for a large, mixed-use development on the Rivage site (even the EFCC’s own survey last year showed 80% support).
For those who think this development is a sure thing, think again. The project could use your support at the 5/18 zoning meeting, because, you know, these people.
If you need a pep talk, check out the comments on this post from a local with a long memory.
Stay tuned to East Falls Local for the latest!
Aerial View of Existing Site
Perspective View from Ridge and Calumet
Living Wall Conceptual Drawing (from Kelly Drive)
Cross Sections at Courtyard and Tiered Residences
Ground Level Plan
Basement Parking Plan
Site Survey (Existing Conditions)
To look at Grasso’s original PDF, click here.