Philadelphia, August 26, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke announced the North Broad Streetscape project across from a new lighting fixture outside Congregation Rodeph Shalom on the 600 block of north Broad Street. The $8.7 million improvement initiative will feature 41 decorative light towers and landscaping from Hamilton Street (near the Philadelphia School District building) up to Glenwood Avenue (near the North Philadelphia Broad Street Line subway stop), about 2.5 miles – one of the longest stretches of streetscape improvements in the city’s history.
“As a government, we want do anything we can to support growth and development along this important corridor,” said Mayor Nutter. “The North Broad Streetscape project will give this area a cohesive look and make it a safer, more inviting place for customers and residents. This project will return North Broad Street to its former glory as a main thoroughfare for our great city.”
Each decorative light tower is made of stainless steel mesh and is 55-feet in height, with the actual lighting located inside the tower. They have been designed to be reminiscent of old street lamps that were in the center of Broad Street nearly a century ago. The lights are programmed to illuminate every night from dusk to dawn. The entire project is expected to be completed this fall.
“Today we celebrate one of the most significant streetscaping projects in recent memory as well as the continued renaissance of North Broad Street,” said Council President Clarke. “These lights not only remind us of North Broad’s past as a cultural and manufacturing destination, they illuminate progress being made toward an even stronger magnet for commerce, culture and residents. The beautification of North Broad sends the appropriate signal — pun intended — that revitalizing and redeveloping North Broad is one of our top priorities as a City.”
The newly-formed Avenue North Renaissance community organization will work with the City, local business owners and residents to oversee maintenance of the streetscape improvements, and help with quality of life issues along the corridor from City Hall up to the intersection of Broad Street, Erie and Germantown Avenues.
“Today is another milestone in the renaissance of North Broad Street, and the local stakeholders and City at large can look forward to North Broad taking its place as one the great streets in America,” said Kenneth Scott, President and CEO of Beech Companies and Chair, Avenue North Renaissance.
The project is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s System Preservation Program, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and the City of Philadelphia’s Cultural & Commercial Corridors Program. The project is sponsored by the City’s Department of Commerce and managed by the Department of Streets.