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Mt. Vernon Manor CDC leads the We Are Mantua! (WAM!) Neighborhood Transformation Plan process. More than 200 residents and community stakeholders participate. The plan identifies 7 community economic development priorities.
Creation of Mantua Beautification Committee brings together partners from different beautification projects in the neighborhood; the Committee addresses some Physical Development Objectives in the WAM! Plan
The City of Philadelphia Planning Commission accepts the We Are Mantua! (WAM!) Plan
Mantua residents establish the Mantua Greenway Resident Advisory Committee (RAC), with Ms. Bessie Carter as Resident Team Leader
National Park Service awards a Technical Assistance Grant to the Greenway project and local residents, via Philadelphia LISC
Greenway RAC works with the National Park Service and Philadelphia University to engage members of the Mantua community in designing a concept for the Greenway. The end product is the Community Preferred Design Features document.
WAM! partners with the City of Philadelphia Planning Commission to apply for state funding to move the Greenway project forward from concept to final design with a “feasibility study” (to determine practical, on-the-ground, site-specific challenges and potential planning solutions).
Greenway Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) organizes 6 outreach events (walks and clean-ups) along the proposed Greenway corridor
Greenway Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) works with City of Philadelphia Streets Dept. to make early traffic safety improvements along the Greenway corridor.
Secured matching grant and additional funding from the National Park Service, City of Philadelphia Dept. of Commerce, and Philadelphia LISC.
Greenway project partners seek a consultant to complete final design and construction plans
Mantua Greenway Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) organizes several clean-up and volunteer events; installs Greenway banners to build community awareness of the project
Amtrak volunteer cleanup takes place at 35th Street and Mantua Avenue
Greenway project partners select WRA as design consultant (along with team members Ground Reconsidered and Meloria)
Mt. Vernon Manor CDC hires neighborhood youth for maintenance of Mantua Avenue within the Greenway
Area churches organize clean-up activities in the neighborhood
Consultant develops designs; construction plans launch at the 1st Mantua Greenway project Steering Committee meeting
Design month begins
Kickoff Open House
Community Build Event
Public Meeting and preferred plans
Public Greenway Design and Public Meeting
Capital Fundraising Campaign
Gateway Signage Installation at 34th St. and Mantua Ave.
Ready, Set, Green! Land Care Program begins
Mantua Greenway Art Installations (temporary)
Final construction design and final cost estimates complete
Greenway Phase I construction begins
Greenway Phase II construction begins
Proposed future timeline
Several early actions are already underway. The final construction timeline depends on the outcome of the fundraising campaign and when city agencies approve the concept designs and cost estimates the Philadelphia City Planning Commission adopts then.