Sleepy Tredyffrin Easttown Berwyn is getting a wake up call as developers give it a fresh look. As reported in The Suburban & Wayne Times this week Westrum Development Company is seeking to aquire two and half acres of the Mack Oil property. Westrum has a good reputation for taking brownfield sites, that is sites that have some pollution of soil and developing them. They were recently selected to develop the Paoli Station complex, so maybe they have their eyes on developing along the Main Line these sites that are close to stations. This plan is for 88 housing units in two separate three level buildings in place of the office, storage shed and oil delivery site. However from what I gather through the various articles opposition is growing in two townships, Tredyffrin and Easttown. So development may be a lot harder to be approved as the site falls in both townships.
Some comment has been made that the development is very close to the Berwyn Station and a campaign has been created to stop the development www.protectberwyn.com is a newly posted site that has information about meeting to oppose the development and the status of it as it moves along the process. There will be a meeting about the proposed development at the Easttown Library on the evening of April 26th beginning at 7.00 PM.
There have also been plans to develop a mixed use site in Daylesford also in Tredyffrin Easttown, a mile or so further west from Berwyn on a site that has been created by a developer through purchase options of homes and commercial sites. This too is being countered by many local residents.
A question to consider though is whether these housing developments will provide affordable housing for residents who may work at local hospitals, police forces or in local government, who cannot afford currently to buy homes in the townships or close to where they work, if so would development be more acceptable? If these are planned to be super luxury developments along the lines of those in Wayne are they needed?
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Update 3/9/2017 Both of these developments were eventually shelved. However the Mack Oil site is once again in play and a developer is looking to build single family homes in the $700,000 price range.
The Daylesford development never happened although a few years a go a Senior Housing apartment complex was erected but not the size of the orginal development that was planned.
Fritz Lumber is going to be developed into apartemtns for rent and shops and restaurants with parking creating a village center for Berwyn. See the video below.
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