Spring Mill Area Multi-Modal and Land Use Study

Background & Introduction:

The Multi-Modal Connections Study of Washington Street and the Riverfront of Spring Mill Station, is being conducted to improve a regionally important junction of pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle, and commuter-train transportation options. This junction is located in the Spring Mill area of Whitemarsh, along the Schuylkill River, and the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), the Manayunk/Norristown Line SEPTA suburban commuter regional rail station, and the main roads of Hector, Lee and Washington streets. This study is funded by a Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) Grant through Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC).

 

Steering Committee Meeting #1 –

The Steering Committee held their first meeting (virtually) on September 23rd, 2021. Members were introduced to the project team, one another, and the study goals. Members were presented with  a draft of the site analysis plan and sample questions to be used for the public survey.  Members were given the opportunity to ask questions about the project and were asked to provide feedback on the documents in the coming weeks.

 

Steering Committee Meeting #2 & Site Walk –

The second steering committee meeting was held on October 4th, 2021 and centered around a site walk which concluded with a meeting to debrief the site observations at Spring Mill Fire Company.  The steering committee walked from Spring Mill Fire Company up North Lane and back down to the end of Station Ave. where it meets up with the Spring Mill SEPTA station and continued down Washington Street from there. The committee discussed challenges, potential design solutions, and asked questions about next steps as they debriefed the meeting.


Steering Committee Meeting #3 –

The Steering Committee held their third meeting (virtually) on Monday, November 29th, 2021 at 05:30 PM. The Committee reviewed public survey findings and the re-structured site analysis plans, which show additional focus areas within the study area, beyond Washington Street. The committee also reviewed the project timeline and schedule. 

 

Steering Committee Meeting #4 –

The Steering Committee held their fourth meeting (virtually) on Thursday, January 10th, 2022 at 5:30 PM. This meeting focused on a recap of findings from the Key Person Interviews that have been completed thus far. Steering Committee Members also began discussing and reviewing conceptual plans and sketches, including those for Washington Street, parking solutions, and North Lane’s future land uses. The Committee also reviewed the project schedule and upcoming timeline. 


Steering Committee Meeting #5:

The Steering Committee held their fifth meeting (virtually) on February 23rd, 2022. This meeting included a review of the project schedule and timeline as the project team prepares the full draft report and the Steering Committee is gearing up to review and provide feedback. The full Key Person Interview findings were reviewed. Finally, the Steering Committee reviewed and discussed plans and conceptual sketches including those for the Spring Mill Junction area, gathering spaces, river access, and the Riverwalk trail.

Steering Committee Meeting #6:

The sixth, and final, Steering Committee Meeting was held (virtually) on April 11th, 2022.  The committee reviewed a draft of the final report ahead of the meeting and then provided feedback during the meeting. The committee voted unanimously to recommend that the draft report, with specified revisions, be presented to the Township Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for further recommendation and adoption. 

 

Virtual Public Presentation & Listening Session

The first virtual public presentation and listening session was held (virtually) on December 6th, 2021 06:00 PM -7:30 PM. An overview and background of the project and it’s goals were provided and the project team presented a variety of site analysis plans. The public was then given the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Presentation slides and meeting notes are provided in the links below.


FINAL Virtual Public Presentation & Listening Session 

The final virtual public presentation and listening session was held on March 3rd, 2021 06:00 PM -7:30 PM. An overview and background of the project and it’s goals were provided and the project team presented the findings of the study including recommended conceptual plans and sketches for improvements to the study area. The public was then given the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Presentation slides and meeting notes are provided in the links below.

 

Whitemarsh Township Planning Commission Meeting 

The draft report will be presented at the Planning Commission Meeting on May 24th, 2022 at 7:00 pm.  An overview of the report will be presented, and members of the public are welcome to attend and provide feedback. A link with the draft Spring Mill Multi-Modal and Land Use Study (print and online versions) can be found below, under “Related Documents and Maps” 

Conshohocken Borough Council Meeting

The draft report will be presented to Conshohocken Borough Council on June 1st, 2022 at 7:00 PM at their scheduled meeting. 

Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors Meeting

The report will be presented at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on June 9th, 2022, at 7:00 PM.

Contact Information: 

If you have any questions or feedback on this study please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the project team.

Whitemarsh Township Direction of Planning & Zoning: Charlie Guttenplan

Email: cguttenplan@whitemarshtwp.org

Gilmore & Associates, Landscape Architect: Emily Paskewicz

Email: epaskewicz@gilmore-assoc.com

Gilmore & Associates, Senior Transportation Engineer: Kristin Norwood

Email: Knorwood@gilmore-assoc.com

Township Engineer: Krista Heinrich

Email: Kheinrich@gilmore-assoc.com

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