Public Planning Meeting, July 26

All are invited to a public meeting about the Lower Eastwick Public Land Strategy. This is the the third public meeting, wherein the consultant team will present vision and draft recommendations compiled from previous meetings and roundtables, about future development options for 200 acres of publicly-owned land in Eastwick.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Embassy Suites hotel ballroom

9000 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19153

For more information about the planning process and documents to date, click here.

EFNC urges all to attend this important, much-anticipated meeting. Lend your voice and ideas for the future of Eastwick.

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Eastwick Community Banquet Sold-Out

The Eastwick Community Banquet event is now SOLD-OUT! We look forward to celebrating Eastwick’s storied history, empowering engagement, and future opportunities during this special evening.

Our community comes together at this historic event, in recognizing and honoring individuals for outstanding dedication, action, and impacts in the Eastwick community. Honorees: Mr. Brian Abernathy, Ms. Amy Laura Cahn, Ms. Maggie Powell, and Pastor Darien Thomas.

Eastwick Community Banquet treeEASTWICK COMMUNITY BANQUET
Celebrating and Honoring Eastwick’s Past, Present, and Future.
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 – 9:30 PM
Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19153.

We extend deep gratitude and appreciation for our Event Sponsors.
Through your generous support, Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) continues the important work of empowering community-driven engagement in Eastwick, Southwest Philadelphia. (Sponsor list as of January 19, 2018).

* Anonymous Donor

GOLD Sponsor:
Brown’s ShopRite

SILVER Sponsors:
Interface Studio LLC
* Penrose Area Civic Association
Region Nine Housing Corporation

BRONZE Sponsors:
Beech Companies
Clean Air Council
Darby Creek Valley Association
Eastwick Family Services
Residence Inn by Marriott
The Sierra Club-Southeastern Pennsylvania Group

Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Eastwick Oral History Project & the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Friends of Heinz Refuge
Natural Lands
Princeton Hydro

Event tickets are non-refundable. Advance sales only; tickets are not available at the door.

If you have any questions, email us at:, or call 215-995-1014 and leave a message. We’ll respond promptly.

Eastwick Community Banquet, January 26, 2018

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition invites all to join in celebrating Eastwick’s storied history, empowering engagement, and future opportunities at a special banquet.

Eastwick Community Banquet tree

Celebrating and Honoring Eastwick’s Past, Present, and Future.

Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 – 9:30 PM

Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19153.

Our community will come together to recognize and honor individuals for outstanding dedication, action, and impact in the Eastwick community. Honorees: Mr. Brian Abernathy, Ms. Amy Laura Cahn, Ms. Maggie Powell, and Pastor Darien Thomas.

The special evening features social hour 5-6 pm; dinner, program, music and dancing 6-9:30 pm. Enjoy an elegant duet-plated dinner of Rosemary Chicken and Seared Salmon, with salad, rolls, coffee & tea, dessert and cold beverages. Cash Bar.

We extend deep gratitude and appreciation to our Event Sponsors, whose generous support empowers ongoing community engagement in Eastwick.

Banquet Ticket: $40 each.
Banquet Ticket + Program Book listing: $50 each. Includes your name and a message printed in the event keepsake program book. Example:  “Congratulations [honoree]! We’re so proud of you. -Mary and John Smith.”

To purchase Banquet Tickets using a credit card, click on the button below.
To purchase Banquet Tickets via check or cash, download the Banquet Sponsorship/Tickets Form

Banquet Sponsorship Opportunities are also available. For details, download the Banquet Sponsorship/Tickets Form. Some sponsorship levels are also available to purchase on-line (fees apply).

SPONSORS: please submit your ad files (JPEG, max 5MB) to ASAP. Ads must be received by January 10, to be included in the Program Book. Click here for Sponsor Ad Specs.

Questions about the Eastwick Community Banquet? Email:
Or call 215-995-1014, and leave a message.  We’ll respond promptly.

Don’t miss this historic event on January 26, 2018!

Eastwick Public Planning Meeting, September 27

All are invited to a public Eastwick Planning Meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Penrose Elementary School, 2515 S. 78th Street, Philadelphia PA 19153. Attend and lend YOUR voice to visioning 200 acres of publicly-owned land in Eastwick. This important meeting reviews and recaps information gathered since the planning process launched in spring 2017.

The Eastwick Public Lands Strategy and Origins
One of the largest urban renewal projects in U.S. history officially ended on December 2015, when the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) reached an agreement with New Eastwick Corporation (NEC) to release any development rights for 134 acres of vacant land in Eastwick, southwest Philadelphia. The City and PRA agreed to carry out a community-driven planning and feasibility study to determine best use for the land.

In August 2016, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued for Eastwick Public Land
Planning Services to complete a vision and development/implementation plan for this property and other publicly-owned vacant properties in Eastwick. These sites include (reference map below):

  • (Site 1) A 122 acre site roughly bounded by 84th Street, Lindbergh Boulevard and Mario Lanza Boulevard;
  • (Site 2) A 5.65-acre, parcel at the southwest corner of 84th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard;
  • (Site 3) Multiple parcels, including the former Communications Technology High School site and the former Pepper Middle School site owned by the Philadelphia School District, as well as additional PRA-owned lands located along and generally bounded by Mario Lanza Boulevard, between 81st & 84th Streets.

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Plan Goal and Outcome
This is a land use and vision plan for publicly-owned, vacant sites in Eastwick. This plan will recommend a range of potential uses for the 3 sites based upon the market and ecological data collected, as well as how those uses align with community input. This plan will not select a particular development, or developers, for any of the sites, but will serve as a guide to make decisions about future development proposals.

Who’s Involved
YOU, we hope! This planning process is open to the public, and all who have a stake in the future of Eastwick are encouraged to participate. The more community voices, the better.

Interface Studio, a local urban planning and design firm, was selected as the consultant to lead this planning process in partnership with Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC), the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), along with other local officials and community stakeholders, through the Request for Proposals. Interface Studio has partnered with a team of experts, including the University of Orange, Real Estate Strategies, BLD Partners and WSP.

Collectively, they bring together planning, urban design, community engagement, landscape architecture, ecology, public health and engineering in one integrated consultant team.

What Have We Learned So Far?
The first public Eastwick Planning Meeting was held on April 24, 2017, with more than 150 attendants. Three (3) Roundtables were held in spring-summer, with discussions and ideas framed around the concepts of Align, Create, Connect.

On September 27, the consultant team will review their data analysis with the public, including how the water flows through the area and whether or not these sites can be used to reduce the risk of flooding in Eastwick.

For more information and to review plan documents to date, visit the Lower Eastwick Public Land Strategy website.


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