NABR Press Release
Save the Date-
April 28, 2007
9:00AM – 1:00PM Workshop
Old Brick Church
Marlborough & Richmond Streets
Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront (NABR) will be hosting a planning workshop where participants will develop alternative design proposals for the 2 proposed casino sites- the so-called “SugarHouse” site at Delaware and Frankford and the “Foxwoods” site at Delaware and Reed.
NABR’s strategy for this half day of planning is simple. Using the very values that were solicited from the public in the PennPraxis forums as true directives, NABR will bring together community residents and planning and architecture professionals to develop specific proposals for the 2 proposed casino sites. A compelling document will be created from this workshop, with descriptions, plans and drawings of the resulting design proposals.
RSVP to Jeremy Beaudry. Your participation is vital to make this an effective, community-based effort. NABR has an initial budget to work with, but since they are an all-volunteer organization, they ask for additional donations to cover material and refreshment costs. Contact Jeremy Beaudry to donate.
Shawn Rairigh, an urban planner and member of NABR, states, “As participants in the PennPraxis-led riverfront planning process (established by Mayor Street last year), we have worked diligently to guarantee that that plan reflect the values of the citizens of Philadelphia who overwhelmingly declared in public forums that casinos do not belong in our neighborhoods or on our riverfront. If the leadership of both PennPraxis and the Philadelphia Planning Commission won’t honor the public’s wishes, then NABR will facilitate a planning process that does envision something other than casinos on those sites.”
The planning workshop will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 9AM to 1PM at the historic Old Brick Church in Fishtown. A host of experts and professionals representing such fields as architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, prot industry, visual arts and more will be in attendance, as will representatives from the various civic groups along the riverfront. This event is free and open to the public. All residents who live and work along the riverfront are especially encouraged to attend and add their voices to this collective vision.
Formed in April 2006, NABR’s mission is to support Philadelphia’s communities and unite with them to envision and plan the development of the riverfront and surrounding areas. We promote community-based planning and development which is sensible, sustainable and inclusive of positive public involvement. Please visit www.nabrhood.org for more information.