Cherry Street Pier will be a mixed-use public space created by and for the community. Built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier, Cherry Street Pier will be a reflection of Philadelphia today – enthralling, malleable, and diverse. The Pier will be a market, workspace, venue, and park, equitably shared and enriched by residents and visitors. Currently called Municipal Pier 9, located just south of the Race Street Pier, this space is 55,000 square feet extending into the Delaware River. It was built in 1919 and has been unoccupied since the 1980s. Development of the Pier will invovle a range of carefully chosen interventions, including selectively removing a portion of the roof and repairing the stone headhouses, in order to preserve and celebrate the historic value of the structure
- Provide a vibrant, collaborative home for Philadelphia’s most visionary artists and entrepreneurs
- Facilitate meaningful civic engagement and community building
- Act as a public destination that is inspiring, enlightening, and universally accessible
- Serve as a model for community partners and public space providers to help better understand how civic assets can support and tap into entrepreneurial energy
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $683,000 in the project to test a model for repurposing civic spaces to help cities increase economic opportunity and promote inclusion.