OPEN HOUSE: SEPTA Seeks Community Input

East Falls Development Corporation invites us all to an informal — but informative — meeting for neighbors to chime in on plans for East Falls’ new train station (coming 2019ish). Presentations by PhillyU architecture students highlighting features like coffee kiosks, subterranean elevators, green power, and more.  

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Heads up from EFDC’s Facebook:

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Meeting on Monday night:  East Falls is invited to an “Open House”-style presentation of Philadelphia University student design schemes of the SEPTA East Falls Station next Monday night, 4 April 2016. After a 6:45 introduction, the students will all pin up their schemes and present, discuss and get your thoughts on their strategies as you make your way informally around the room. Prof. Kratzer will then conclude the evening with an open discussion on our guest’s thoughts and expects to finish by 8:30 pm. Join us please in the DEC building Room 217 – building 9.

For those who cannot make the Open House, the EFDC will have office hours during which people can drop in and see the designs and give their reactions and feedback for the students. Wed. April 6, noon – 2 pm and Thursday April 7, 2 – 4 pm. And, by appointment (215) 848-8084. 4133 Ridge Ave, First Floor.

The East Falls Station Project is a collaboration between SEPTA, the East Falls Development Corporation and PhilaU Architecture/ Occupational Therapy programs. It is a LUSI project – the College of Architecture and the Built Environment’s Lab for Urban and Social Innovation. The idea is to see raise the most important issues that the community has for the new station design (such as environmental sustainability, space for a coffee kiosk, or an improved under track passageway) and to see if the students can generate creative solutions around those issues.

Final student projects will be completed in May and will be publicly displayed at SEPTA and EFDC.

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You might recall EFDC has promoted train station plans by PhillyU students before — most recently, last year the office displayed models, and we even created a little survey to help get folks engaged. This time around, a more advanced level of students is participating, so we expect to see even bigger, more exciting designs!

East Falls’ previous train station burned down many years ago, but Old Timers still remember it fondly. With thoughtful planning, the new one we build can be functional as well as beautiful, too.  Sounds like this Open House is a step in the right direction. Hope to see ya there!

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