The Economic Impact of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation

The Schuylkill River Development Corporation retained Econsult Solutions, Inc. to provide an estimate of the magnitude and composition of the economic and fiscal impacts associated with SRDC, and to provide an update to a 2005 report that measured the potential impacts of proposed projects at least partially funded by SRDC.

The SRDC is a non-profit organization which manages the planning and development along the banks of the Schuylkill River, along with the Department of Parks & Recreation, on behalf of the City of Philadelphia.

As of 2012, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) has completed numerous projects along the Schuylkill River including a 9/11 Memorial, bridge enhancements on Market Street and J.F.K. Boulevard, and a dock on Walnut Street. Currently, SRDC is constructing a boardwalk along the river, and is planning for future crossings and beautification projects to enhance the aesthetics of the Schuylkill River, for a total value of approximately $60,000,000. Specific economic and fiscal impacts of SRDC capital spending and resulting real estate investments include:

  1. For the City of Philadelphia, 319 jobs and $780,000 in city tax revenues
  2. For the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1,022 jobs and $3,200,000 in tax revenues
  3. Serve as a catalyst for new commercial and residential development, partially responsible for an increase of over 150% in residential property value near the Schuylkill Banks since 2000.


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