The draft comprehensive plan for Philadelphia’s Central District calls for revitalizing civic spaces in Center City, encouraging more development along Ridge Avenue and North Broad Street in West Callowhill, and making more of a neighborhood around Franklin Square.


With the recent opening of the Barnes Museum and development of the Granary building, development is picking up in West Callowhill, Spina said, but there is still room for more – particularly more commercial space. The area could support about 1.6 million square feet of new construction, even if that construction is kept to low- and mid-rise buildings.

Callowhill/Chinatown North recently got a plan of its own that is incorporated into this draft comprehensive plan. Recommendations taken from it include adding new parks and green space and transforming the Reading Viaduct into an elevated park.

(For a quick glance at all the proposed changes: PlanPhilly | Draft plan for Central District released)