Land around Talen Stadium could have a new and improved future

Kim Glovas
December 12, 2019 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A town hall-style meeting is being held Thursday night at Town Hall in Chester City to reveal possible development plans for the Chester Waterfront near the Union soccer team's Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union's chief business officer, Tim McDermott, says the idea to develop the Chester Waterfront was actually conceived a couple years ago. 

"The goal is to take the area that exists today, and obviously the Philadelphia Union is a major anchor tenant in this area, and really transform it into something that is 365 days a year," he said. 

McDermott says the Union hired NBBJ, an architectural firm, to look at the area under the Commodore Barry Bridge and around the Union complex and come up with a plan for the formerly industrial site. 

"The community already enjoys this place and I think they enjoy coming down here for a variety of reasons, they love coming to the park, they like to come down here and fish," said NBBJ's Alan Mountjoy.

Mountjoy says much has already happened at the site, but there is a lot of hope for a sustainable future.

"Someone is going to have to believe in the Chester Waterfront," he added.

The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.