|Artist's rendering of what one solution could look like|
The produced study and appendices detail the advantages and challenges of each of the three alignments. Alternative #3 has the challenge of weaving between the SEPTA bus transportation center and the PECO site. Alternative #2 was met with resistance from both the Canoe Club and PECO. Alternative #2 and #1 also has considerable physical obstructions that would require building a boardwalk. The owner of the parcels (and buildings that housed the old Duron paint store, Restaurant Depot and Mr. Store-It) was approached to determine if they would allow their land to be acquired or go into an easement for either the #2 or #1 alignment. The owner, the Steinberg family (MBS Associates), was not interested.
As of this spring, PPR has settled on a separate short term (green) and long term (dashed yellow) alignment (see below).
Once it works out agreements with SETPA and PECO to move their fence lines, it will go forward with designing the green alignment, which includes a new bike/ped bridge over the Wissahickon Creek. In the future, if/when the MBS Associates parcels are put up for sale, the City will attempt to implement the long term alignment (in dashed yellow). The short term alignment is estimated to cost around $2.5 million.