Residential Site Planning for Somerton


The City has owned over sixty acres of land in northeast Philadelphia for over 50 years. Due to its underutilized status and adjacency to low lying areas, wetlands developed over time.  The site is situated between light industrial to the south and east and low density residential to the north and west. PIDC determined that industrial use was no longer viable, and that the best use for this land is likely residential.  We studied the surrounding context to identify important regional connector streets to create an integrated residential neighborhood.  We created a master plan for 200 one-quarter acre single family lots that preserve the existing wetlands and maximize access to open space.