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Police Visit Causes Ire with Local CEO

A visit was apparently prompted by "some words evidently exchanged between the attorney and Radnor Township officials."

The president and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, the largest commercial property owner in Radnor Township, is upset by a recent visit by two Radnor Police officers to Brandywine’s real estate lawyer, reports Main Line Media News.

The newspaper writes that the visit to the Blue Bell office of Marc Kaplin was prompted by "some words evidently exchanged between the attorney and Radnor Township officials."

The article continues:

Brandywine has taken a position in opposition to the pending Mixed Use Special Transportation ordinance, which would affect one of its eight Radnor properties. The MUST ordinance, extensively rewritten by Kevin Kochanski, the director of community development for the township, would allow another developer, BioMed Realty, to build office space, a parking garage, an apartment building and retail shops at its 145 King of Prussia Road property. Kaplin has appeared at numerous township meetings to advocate for his client.

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Bob Hoozenblat January 24, 2014 at 09:26 PM
The MUST ordinance for BioMed is a terrible idea. I don't understand why the township will pay 10 million to preserve open space in one part of the township while allowing a developer to build 10-story buildings packed with cheap apartments in another area. The justification for this is a huge set of statistics that are naive at best, dishonest at worst, and just plain wrong. They've underestimated the traffic burden this will put on KoP Road, they've vastly misstated the burden it will put on schools. BioMed should follow the rules already established, not be given special treatment that allows them to pack in the profits at the expense of Radnor taxpayers. Why a local bureaucrat is working hand in hand with a developer to screw taxpayers reeks of kickbacks to me. If we want to preserve the unique character of our township, we need to start holding its management and leadership accountable for both dishonesty and incompetence.
Assaggiatore January 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM
This reminds me of 1920's Chicago I learned about in high school. Do we really need back room deals and intimidation in Radnor? This is at best shady ethics and at worst, the sky's the limit. Something's going down, I know it. Spingler's xeroxgate incident last fall is bound to be the tip of the iceberg. I miss John Rutty.
John F. Haines January 25, 2014 at 01:03 AM
I wonder how many of the people that are making the BioMed decision really live in Radnor Township? Will they be here 5, 10 or 20 years from now when Radnor residents have to pay higher taxes to support our government and school district?
Paul Milcetic January 25, 2014 at 01:03 AM
It's impossible to know what really transpired here based on a short article. But one certainly gets the feeling that the Police no longer work for the individuals that have long paid the taxes in this township but instead for larger corporate and other interests.
Bob Hoozenblat January 25, 2014 at 07:15 AM
If either the terrible decision-making or the thuggish intimidation tactics of our township management concern you, make sure to join your neighbors at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, January 27th at 7PM.
i grew here you moved here January 25, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Excuse my ignorance, but why is it a MUST to rewrite the ordinance to allow this?
Bob Adams January 25, 2014 at 08:44 AM
I don't know what happened here but if township employees think they are being harassed or picked on I would suggest they move to Garrett Hill and enjoy the v u students that come 4 to a house
G Morrison January 25, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Who is "Citizens Coalition for Rational Development" that mailed these postcards residents received urging people to come to the Monday meeting against the plan? There is no record of this group online and it came from a direct mail co called WordTech based in Pottstown.
Annie Webb January 25, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Wow, I'm floored by these actions of the BOC and Radnor PD. Major overstepping of boundaries.
Radnor Mike January 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM
In my opinion, the BOC majority and some of the paid township employees have long relied on the fact that most Radnor taxpayers just were not really paying attention. The actions of the BOC and the School Board ( which by the way controls somewhere around an $83 million dollar budget) are outrageous and certainly not in the interests of the majority of Radnor citizens and taxpayers. Times are a changing. I feel strongly that the next round of elections will show that the very smart and educated Radnor electorate is now paying attention and responsible Board members will be elected who either have financial expertise- or are willing to alow citizen advisory groups to play a important part. The days of these elections really being mostly a popularity contest are over. This current group has really hurt, and will continue to hurt, the once stellar reputation of our Township. All of our property values will be burdened by the bad publicity and terrible goverance. I certaintly salute all who have been involved and have become vocal in challenging this "thuggish" behavior, both at the BOC and the School Board. We are much better than this and deserve much better. If anyone feels that my comments are too inflammatory, I apologize in advance. I really have tried to be quite tame to control my true feelings.
Annie Webb January 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM
I think you're spot on, Mike.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out January 25, 2014 at 01:50 PM
I strongly recommend that everyone click on the link above and read the entire article, including the transcript of the conversation between the attorneys and the RTPD. Completely outrageous display of thuggery by Colarulo and Zientowski, possibly others. An independent non-Radnor investigator should be engaged to find out what is going on within this Township....we could have another Bayshore going on! The Township staff (the Manager & Police Superintendent are not elected) seem to think that they are above the citizens and possibly above the law. Incredible....and Brandywine has been a great supporter of many Radnor causes, there goes those donations!

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