60-Room Hotel Proposed For The Willows

100th Street LLC submitted a proposal to build a 60-room "boutique" hotel and renovate the mansion and carriage house at the Willows park.

A development group has submitted a proposal to build a 60-room "luxury, boutique" hotel at the Willows.

100th Street LLC is also proposing to renovate the existing Willows mansion and cottage. The proposal is in response to an RFP that Radnor Township created for part of the 47-acre property.

According to the proposal submitted by DePallo Design & Planning LLC on behalf of the development group (which you can read in full in the pdf section of this article), the proposed hotel, to be situated where the mansion parking lot is, would also include dining, catering, spa, and other amenities. "Our focus is weddings and other celebrations, private parties, business meetings and special events," the plan reads.

The proposed mansion renovation would enable use of the building "for smaller events, parties and meetings, and possibly spa, exercise and other uses." The cottage, located near the entrance to the park, would also be used to complement the hotel, mansion and park.

They estimate that the costs of constructing the hotel and renovating the mansion is in the order of about $25 million.

Public access to the park would remain, the proposal states. The proposal states that the plan would be "a compatible use to the site that employs people, pays taxes and creates secondary economic benefits to the Township."



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Deborah Bettcher October 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM
The boutique hotel/ event center could be great combo. However it doesn't seem like we need another spa/ exercise facility in these already over pampered parts of the Mainline.
Catherine October 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I didn't think there could be an idea worse than Holloway's but this may be it. Can you imagine the number of construction vehicles it would take to develop this, along with the traffic there'd be once it was built? A steady stream of daily delivery trucks, hundreds of cars for guests and employees, shuttle buses, the need for traffic lights where Darby Paoli meets Church Rd and Newtown Road: there goes our bucolic area of the township. This is an offensive idea.
i grew here you moved here October 16, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Agreed. Who are these people? Maybe more concerning is little confidence in the parks board, commissioners, twp management to make the best decision for us.
John Dallas Bowers October 16, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I agree with Catherine. This would work against what I thought was the township's commitment to maintain the look and feel of the few former estates we own. I can picture the transformation Catherine describes (vehicular and otherwise), and my reaction is strongly negative.
Martin Heldring October 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
i don't know all the details but $25mm invested in the community. Future tax revenue. Jobs! Public access to the park would remain. I am glad we have several interesting options.


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