Today an article by Sam Strike hit the Main Line Suburban Life. It outs the developer who wishes to demolish Poplar House. As a coninuation of the post titled "Is Poplar House Shortly to Become Radnor's La Ronda" , I thought I would provide an excerpt of Sam's article as well as express my dismay that this developer can't do anything orginal, just apply for a demolition permit.
Why not think outside the box and seek an adaptive reuse of the structures on this 36 acre parcel? Also note who markets the Holloway homes. Why is it everytime this realtor puts a manicured toe into certain areas does it mean new construction and demolition?
Why is it the existing housing stock out there ain't moving and sheriff's sales, quick fire or whatever tax sales, foreclosures, etc are ON THE RISE and these developers are out there with their Field of Dreams attitude of build it and they will come?
NEWS FLASH: have we been by PemBROKE North in Radnor and other developments up and down the pike? In and out of Radnor Township?
Did the loss of La Ronda teach Main Line municipalities nothing?
Radnor residents, the loss of this property to more cookie cutter Tyvec wrapped particle board McMonstrositie development would be a crime.
Please make some noise about this. Please come together as a community and try to work this out. This property should be saved. Bring it on to Radnor's next board of commissioners meeting and wherever else you can be heard. Don't tiptoe around this issue, stamp your feet and make some noise.
Main Line Suburban Life > News Is Radnor estate history? Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 By Sam Strike
The second largest privately owned residential tract in Radnor Township could be developed and its mansion demolished. “Poplar House,” as it is called, is a Federalist-style mansion with Greek Revival elements that has sat on 36 acres in between Maplewood Avenue and Brooke Road in Wayne since it was built in 1902. Local builder and developer Caswell F. Holloway asked the township Sept. 28 for a demolition permit. Main Line Media News’ copy of that application names Thomas and Jill Nerney of Wayne as the property’s equitable owners.....The application states that the main house, which is 14,800 square feet, will be demolished and removed (the cost of demolition is estimated at $190,000), and the site backfilled, graded and seeded. B. John Duffy, one of the property’s listing agents, said this week that an agreement of sale has been reached but that the settlement date is unconfirmed. “Allowing demolition of these properties should be a wake-up call to Radnor to enact a comprehensive historic-preservation ordinance, strengthen the Historic and Architectural Review Board (HARB) so it has some teeth, and create a tough demolition process for historic properties to include public review, HARB review and Board of Commissioners review,” said Radnor Historical Society president Ted Pollard. “The quality of life in Radnor comes from the historic fabric of our community; when pieces of this fabric are destroyed all of Radnor loses,” Pollard said. The property is not in any of the township’s three historic districts. Demolition or any construction work done to buildings outside of the districts are not subjected to any type of historical review or approval by Radnor Township. It is not known what will be built on the property or if it will be subdivided. Zoned “agricultural-conservation,” the property is restricted, for one thing, to single-family homes on lots no smaller than two acres....The property is held in trust, which in the case of any demolition would have salvage rights, said Duffy, who said in December that he had not heard of anyone wanting to tear down the mansion. “Of any house worth saving in Radnor Township, this is it,” Duffy said in December. John Nagle, president of Radnor Township’s Board of Commissioners, said the house’s demolition would be “a real loss.” He said it points out the township’s need to take “a hard look” at its approach to historical assets in the community.
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