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STATUS: ADOPTED by PCPC – October 16, 2012

Read the Lower Northeast District Plan (Full)

Read the Lower Northeast Executive Summary








About the Lower Northeast District:

The Lower Northeast is the third fastest growing district in the city. Its stable and affordable housing stock has made the district attractive to young families and immigrant populations. Housing options range from detached houses to apartments above stores on walkable commercial corridors. History abounds throughout the district with development dating to the 17th century. The District Plan outlines a strategy to protect the varied cultural, historical, and architectural resources of the district.

The Lower Northeast is home to a number of landmarks and economic drivers that help give the district its unique character. These include Friends Hospital, a national historic landmark; the Frankford Transportation Center, where 17 bus routes connect with the Market-Frankford El; the Naval Support Activity, home to 5,900 military and civilian jobs; and the Globe Dye Works, an adaptive reuse of a historic industrial facility that is giving new life to the Frankford neighborhood.

Economic Drivers

Naval Support Activity: The district’s largest land owner provides 5,900 military and civilian jobs.

Cardone Insustries: Employs more than 3,000 people manufacturing auto parts.

Globe Dye Works: Adaptive reuse of a historic industrial facility that is giving new life to the Frankford neighborhood.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America: This private hospital specializes in cancer treatment. Its expansion plans include the rehabilitation of Greenwood Cemetery and the historic Benjamin Rush house.

Aria Health: Formerly known as Frankford Hospital, Aria Health, and its newly expanded emergency room, serves an important health care role in the Lower Northeast.

Landmarks / Destinations

Frankford Transportation Center: The second busiest station on the Market-Frankford El. This multi-modal transit hub serves the El, 16 bus routes, and one trackless trolley route.

Friends Hospital: A National Historic Landmark that specializes in mental health. The hospital’s campus includes a charter school and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Tower Center: Built on the site of the former Sears & Roebuck Merchandise Building, which was demolished in 1994, this shopping center features Walmart and Home Depot and currently has no vacancy.



Larissa Klevan,



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