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ReStore Philadelphia Corridors Streetscape Improvements

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Client: City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce & Streets

Abstract: JMT provided award-winning program management, construction management and construction inspection services for a major commercial corridors economic redevelopment.

The ReStore Philadelphia Corridors Program began in 2008 to help revitalize more than thirty commercial corridors throughout the City, reestablishing their historic significance as neighborhood connectors and places to shop, work and socialize. This program invested over $40M of bond funds by constructing streetscape improvements of varying types. The Program was led by the City's Department of Commerce with support from the Department of Streets and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and was carried out through five main strategies:

  • Focus planning and data analysis on strengthening corridors
  • Align and leverage community economic development resources
  • Make corridors more welcoming places to spend time and money
  • Develop a system to attract and retain businesses on corridors
  • Support effective corridor management organizations

The City retained JMT to provide program management and construction management and inspection services. JMT staff worked as an extension of the Streets Department staff, serving as their representatives through design and construction phases, facilitating the review and approval of 32 projects and the construction of 13 projects - all under a highly accelerated schedule in order to meet financial obligations. JMT worked closely with the Chief Transportation Engineer for the City, various Department of Streets staff, other City agencies, utility companies, community groups and three design consultants to assure that all of the streetscape improvement projects maintained these aggressive schedules with regards to designs submissions, design reviews, historical and environmental permits and approvals, community group meetings and pre-bid and pre-construction conferences.  

JMT also provided direct responsibility for construction management and inspection of all projects. JMT's construction staff managed the resolution of complex technical and administrative challenges in physically constrained project sites with  unforeseen conditions to contain project costs within tight budgets.  At the same time, our team worked with project contractors, residents, stakeholders and elected officials to maintain clear communications and adhere to the strict project delivery schedules.

Feedback for the completed projects has been extremely positive from owners, stakeholders, community groups and elected officials. The impact of these improvements on their respective neighborhoods has been substantial. The program was awarded the 2011 Honor Award for Special Projects by the American Council of Engineering Companies/Pennsylvania).

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