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Creating The Perfect Waterfront Destination

By | Erica Line

Will Cockrell, writer at Outside Magazine begged the question, “What makes the perfect waterfront development?”… The Waterfront answered the question.

“Developers want rivers lined with high-rises and environmentalists want reintroduction of native grasses. A successful waterfront revitalization needs both.”

There are five main ingredients for a successful waterfront development, and here they are…

Diversity | Make the community and it’s programming accessible and desirable to all cultures. The Waterfront plans to have a year-round schedule of programs that will appeal to residents and visitors alike.

Perpendiculars | Provide bike paths and walking paths along the water. The Waterfront will include a 1-mile riverwalk that will serve as the hub for walkers and bikers who want a serene view of Lehigh River.

Make it Livable | Make it a mixed development. The Waterfront campus includes 770 thousand square feet of office space, 640 thousand square feet of residential space, and 150 thousand square feet of retail and restaurant space. The goal is to attract and retain an audience with high-quality lifestyle experiences.

Reinterpretation | When replacing gritty industrial properties build institutions like museums and cultural landmarks that will preserve the legacy of the region. The Waterfront developers repurposed some of the original steel fabricating equipment from Lehigh Structural Steel for visual aesthetic appeal.

Leave it Alone | Leave some of the original land and riverside untouched for that dramatic nature effect. The Waterfront will enhance green space by preserving some of the native plants and trees while also incorporating a well-groomed landscape for design appeal.

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