Waterfront advocacy group says three billboard proposals run counter to the long-term ricerfront goals

August 11, 2011

Waterfront advocacy group says three billboard proposals run counter to the long-term ricerfront goals

By Kellie Patrick Gates
For PlanPhilly

Members of the Central Delaware Advocacy Group say that three billboard proposals along the waterfront are both inconsistent with the city’s long-range vision for the waterfront and in violation of a waterfront zoning overlay.

Two of the projects are in Pennsport.

Riverview Development Corp. hopes to wrap a long-abandoned building – one which has no windows and looks rather bombed out – at 1100 S. Columbus boulevard and place three billboards on it. The building is owned by developer Bart Blatstein.

City Council has already passed a zoning bill legalizing a conventional Pennsport billboard advertising Club Risque and a suburban body shop that the Department of Licenses & Inspection ruled should come down. The bill, passed by City Council on June 16 but awaiting Mayor Michael Nutter’s signature, would also allow the billboard to be digital.