Sunday, September 11, 2011

Possible Low Income Housing and 3rd Street Bridge

As a candidate for Media Borough Council, I was interested to learn that there is a petition being circulated asking that the newly proposed third St. Bridge be a pedestrian/bicycle greenway.  One thing that people might not understand is that the resolution for the repair was based on a legally binding agreement by Delaware County, Broomall Lake and the Borough stipulating that the bridge was to allow for vehicular motor traffic.  Oddly, it's been over a decade and this is the first I've heard from political opponents, both who were former Vice Presidents on council during that span, even raise this issue.  Had they been involved at that time, perhaps THEY could have worked towards including walkway options, let alone actually resolving the issue.

What else is concerning is that Broomall Lake has recently mentioned contingency plans based on the outcome of the bridge.  Due to potential cost, which was alleviated by a state grant of $650k, Broomall Lake has indicated they have options to possibly sell and/or develop the property should the bridge become anything less than what the agreement states.   Hickory Hill/Valley was the benefactor of the last sale from Broomall Lake.  The remaining Broomall property from what I've been told is currently zoned for low income, high-density housing.  I don't want to see this happen.

I too would like to see the bridge and surrounding area be as aesthetically pleasing and eco friendly as possible.  In fact, everyone would.  However, I also understand implications of our neglected infrastructure and know that bridges/dams of any sort are not easy to come by, especially ones that are already 100% paid for at no expense to Media taxpayers. 

For the record, I am a Friend of the Glen Providence Park, but I respectively disagree with their postion and would like to see this bridge built for ALL Media residents and surrounding communities.  

If you have an opinion about this, please feel free to leave a comment.


Update: It's unfortunate, but I've had to remove the comments to this post.  What went from discussion on a bridge, led to insinuations against others that were inappropriate and somewhat shocking.