Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to Conduct Public Outreach Meetings on Southport Maritime Development Project
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) announced that it will conduct a series of informational briefings for the general public on its Southport development project, which aims to significantly expand the Port of Philadelphia’s operations.
PRPA and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are excited about the jobs and other economic impacts these new operations will create, but also want to keep members of the general public informed as plans for Southport progress. These informational briefings, to be held next week, will facilitate open communication about Southport and how it will impact the Port of Philadelphia and the surrounding region.
The two scheduled outreach meetings will be held at Penn’s Landing Caterers – also known as Philadelphia Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA, 19147. (The venue is on the Delaware River waterfront in the vicinity of Columbus Blvd. and Washington Avenue.) The events are free, with free parking available, as well as light refreshments.
The briefings will be held:
Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m.
or Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Anyone is invited to attend either of the two briefings, and each will last about 2 hours. The briefings will be conducted by PRPA staff and project consultants Ernst & Young and Hatch Mott MacDonald. The same program will be in place at each briefing. A third briefing, aimed primarily at stakeholders in the regional maritime industry, is also being planned, and interested parties working in the industry can contact PRPA for more information on this “by invitation” event.
Three waterfront sites collectively comprise the Southport complex: the Southport Marine Terminal site (119 acres); Southport West (75 acres) and the Pier 124 North Berth, a 1,132-foot finger pier. With the Commonwealth’s support, PRPA has already completed substantial pre-construction and permitting work at the sites, in anticipation of private development. A process to identify private sector partners to assist PRPA in developing the Southport parcels is now underway, and has been crafted to encourage a wide array of possible uses of the parcels in question.
Members of the public interested in learning more about Southport are encouraged to attend one of the comprehensive presentations on December 8 and 9.