Zoning Approved for 683-Space Parking Garage
at Philadelphia Zoo

The Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center Project will also include additional improvements such as lighting, landscaping and traffic enhancements benefitting the community

(February 27, 2012) - The Philadelphia Zoo received zoning approval yesterday for a 683-space parking garage to be completed by spring 2013. The garage will be a part of The Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center Project and will fulfill two main objectives: increasing parking capacity and bettering the overall environment with new lighting, landscaping, and traffic enhancements. Improvements will benefit Zoo visitors, neighboring cultural attractions, and the Centennial and Parkside communities. Developments will make Girard Avenue, 34th Street and Zoo Drive safer for pedestrians and vehicles while improving traffic flow and parking issues. The $24 million project will be financed by federal, state, city funds and additional Zoo investment.

“We are pleased that this concerted effort with many partners and stakeholders, including PennDOT, SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia Streets Department, and Fairmount Park, is finally coming to fruition,” says Vikram H. Dewan, Philadelphia Zoo President and CEO. “These enhancements will support the continuing revitalization of the Centennial and Parkside Districts while providing a safer environment for our many Zoo visitors and the surrounding community,” says Dewan. “The ultimate goal is to create a train stop that will allow Zoo guests easy access and also allow those living in this area the ability to travel easily to the outer suburbs.”

The Philadelphia Zoo is an economic driver in the region, creating jobs with the financial impact spanning a multitude of business sectors from construction, materials, services and labor to architecture and design in addition to its full-time and part-time employment. Serving the tri-state area, the Zoo attracts over 1.2 million visitors each year, providing quality programming to a diverse audience. The Zoo is the largest paid ticketed cultural attraction and conservation organization in Philadelphia.