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Maplewood Mall Public Outreach

Through collaboration between 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, the City Planning Commission, the Department of Commerce, the Department Parks & Recreation, and the Streets Department, the City is initiating the process for the reconstruction of Maplewood Mall in Germantown. While the Mall is in current disrepair, it holds untold potential to become a vibrant, yet intimate, urban space that serves as a showcase of planning and placemaking in Philadelphia and an anchor for the revitalization of Central Germantown.

Project Overview

The Department of Commerce is funding the design and construction of the project with $2.2 million in commercial corridor capital dollars. The Department of Parks & Recreation and Department of Public Property will manage the construction of the project. The project team will hire a consultant to combine public input with professional expertise to design a product that will break ground within 2 years. The consultants will examine the potential of reconfiguring the street and plaza layout, sustainable and maintainable design aspects, the provision of parking, and spaces conducive to outdoor events and activities.


Design and engineering will commence in 2014, with an eye towards a 2015 groundbreaking and 2016 ribbon cutting.
 
This transformation will not stop at the basic bricks and mortar reconstruction of the Mall. The City will support the community in pushing forward additional activities such as Mall upkeep, facade and signage improvements, programming and events, public art, marketing, business attraction, and new development. 

Goal

Public input will help establish a vision for the Mall in terms of its function, use, and design. As part of an open and transparent project, this website will disseminate information regarding public outreach, design, and construction processes. 

Process

Councilwoman Bass and Planning Commission have formulated an outreach plan to engage community organizations, Mall property owners, Mall business owners, Mall residents, and the general public.  The outreach plan can be found in the link below:

Outreach Events and Meetings

To date, the outreach team has conducted three outreach events geared toward the general public and three stakeholder meetings -- two with Mall businesses, residents, and property owners, and one with local community groups.

The first outreach event was held at the Re-Imagining Maplewood Mall Block Part on June 22, 2013.  A summary of the event and outreach results can be found in the link below:

Block_Party_Summary_6_22_13.pdf

A meeting with Maplewood Mall businesses, residents, and properties owners was held on July 29, 2013 at the Prince Hall Lodge on Maplewood Mall.  A similar meeting was held the following night with local Germantown community groups.  A summary of these meetings can be found in the links below:

Mall_Stakeholder_Mtg_Summary_7_29_13.pdf
Community_Group_Mtg_Summary_7_30_13.pdf

On February 20, 2014 a meeting was held with the Maplewood Mall Action Committee, who represents the interests of a group of residents, businesses, and property owners on the Mall.  They presented City representatives with the following vision for the Mall:

Maplewood%20Mall%20Action%20Committee%20Vision.pdf

Previous Plans

Over the past few years, there have been three planning efforts completed that have examined ways in which to improve the physical appearance of the Mall.  These plans will be reviewed by the City's design consultants to help guide their work.  They can be found in the links below:

Maplewood Mall: Conceptual Design for Revitalization, Community Design Collaborative, 2010

Maplewood Mall Revitalization: Sustainable Design Solutions, Philadelphia University Landscape Architecture Program, 2010

Central Germantown Business District Beautification Plan, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, 2012

Also of relevance is Philadelphia2035:

Philadelphia2035: The Citywide Vision, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, 2011

Request for Proposals (RFP)

The City of Philadelphia is now soliciting proposals for architectural and engineering services for the Maplewood Mall Reconstruction Project.  The RFP can be found at eContract Philly.  Please click "New Contract Opportunities" in the left column, then opportunity number 21131217105250 offered by Parks & Recreation.  All proposals are due by January 31, 2014.

Site Survey

An existing conditions survey of Maplewood Mall was completed by the Streets Department Survey Bureau in November 2013.  A .pdf version of this survey can be found in the link below:

Maplewood_Survey_Nov_2013.pdf

Press

December 1, 1987 - Philadelphia Inquirer

June 14, 2013 - Newsworks

June 15, 2014 - YouTube (Jeff Smith)

June 22, 2013 - Germantown United CDC

June 26, 2013 - Hidden City Philadelphia

October 22, 2013 - FranklinStein

February 2, 2014 - Community Design Collaborative

February 6, 2014 - Newsworks

February 12, 2014 - Philadelphia Tribune

Contact
Matt Wysong, Northwest Community Planner
215.683.4650
matt.wysong@phila.gov