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What is happening in Berwyn?

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?

Let us hear your comments.

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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Comment balloon 4 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • April 13 2007 01:32PM

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"sleepy Berwyn" as you call it does not need a develper like Westrum or anyone else for that matter to come in here so they can capitalize by cramming as much high density housing as they possibly can with no concern for our townships,community or town. There are now more than 500 residents that believe this would be catastrophic to the the towns infrastructure,schools,traffic and overall landscape.

This, we believe, would be anything but a "fresh look" to our sleepy town that we love so dear.

Posted by William Neff about 12 years ago

William,

Thanks for the comment and the update. As a resident of Berwyn I read about this in the Wayne & Suburban times, I had seen some signs on lawns in the past week and checked out your web site. "Sleepy" is the descriptive word used by the newspaper and in a way Berwyn copared to the other towns along the Main Line could be described that way, it has a slower pace and less traffic congestion than both Paoli and Wayne.

I think we need to hear both sides and whilst I understand your desire to maintain the status quo there is a real need in our area for affordable housing. Whether Westrum plans this development to provide that is a question that needs asking. I also wanted to draw attention to the fact they had been selected to manage the development in Paoli which many might not know and also to let residents know about your meeting at the library.

Thanks for being passionate about your home town.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 12 years ago
 
Protect Berwyn argues that the proposed Mack Oil development will increase traffic, overburden the schools, and spoil the character of Berwyn.
 
I would like to challenge their anti-high density position. 
 
According to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Tredyffrin and Easttown townships can expect a combined 6,000 new residents over the next 20 years.  If these estimates are correct then we will need to find a place for our new neighbors to live, and regardless of where they go, Berwyn or elsewhere in the two townships, the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District will have to make room for them.  And the roads will need to accomodate them too, but wouldn't it be better for traffic if these new residents lived next to train stations rather than living in more remote parts of the region?
 
The only sensible solution is to be prepared with plans which seek to manage growth through zoning.  And our choices, it seems, are between zoning ordinances that encourage pockets of high density housing in already-developed areas, such as Berwyn and Paoli, or zoning which allows for continued suburban sprawl - threatening the charcater of our woodlands and countrysides
 
So, unless Protect Berwyn is suggesting that we reject the DVRPC's growth predictions, their anti-high density stance translates to a pro-sprawl position which is going to be very hard to defend in the face of our disappearing open space.

Posted by Sean Moir about 12 years ago

I heard this week that Westrum is pulling out of the development of the Mack Oil site. So Protect Berwyn has won this round. However, what will happen now? Will Mack Oil develop the site through expansion? What companies that are able want to buy a site with toxic problems? We shall have to wait and see what happens. I do not think the townshps are going to make a park as many want. This may have been a small victory for Protect Berwyn and end up with a worse result.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) almost 12 years ago

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