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 –
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 is to be held (virtually) on April 11th, 2022.
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.
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
Gilmore & Associates, Landscape Architect: Emily Paskewicz
Gilmore & Associates, Senior Transportation Engineer: Kristin Norwood
Township Engineer: Krista Heinrich