SALT DESIGN STUDIO is designing a new streetscape for Conshohocken Avenue in Philadelphia’s historic neighborhood of Belmont Village. Developed in the early decades of the 20th century as a garden district, Belmont Village features a range of architectural styles, including Tudors, Spanish-style with clay tiled roofs, Wissahickon schist rowhomes and brick cottage twins.
While many blocks feature planted setbacks from the buildings, the sidewalks are not contiguous nor ADA compliant, impeding access to public transit and commercial areas; the volume and speed of traffic pose hazards to pedestrians; and overall the streetscape lacks a distinguishing identity. In order to address connectivity issues, SALT proposed an extension to the existing sidewalk at the north end to provide a direct connection to City Avenue shops and public transit. New streetscape planting will perform dual duties of traffic calming and beautification. Proposed streetside stormwater gardens will be low-maintenance, highly adaptive to varying water conditions and assist in cleaning non-point source pollutants from stormwater runoff. The streetscape improvements will reduce urban heat island effect, increase habitat value and enhance the aesthetic experience of the neighborhood.