CHESTER — Stakeholders are not willing to let history repeat itself when it comes to economic downturns and redevelopment on the West End waterfront. Public and private officials unveiled the initial findings of the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County’s Chester Master Waterfront Plan last week with a private media event at the Philadelphia Union’s Subaru Park, followed by a public Zoom meeting.
Boston-based architectural firm NBBJ, in consultation with Chicago-based Hunden Straetgic Advisors, laid out the plan for the area bounded by Highland Avenue to Norris Street and the Delaware River to Route 291. Early actions will begin this month, with full build out estimated over 15 years.
With NBBJ’s contract let last October, the plans were crafted over the course of the COVID-19 lockdowns after late 2019 meeting with local residents, business owners and other stakeholders. Officials are confident the plan will not die out as did the prior