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Hotel, New Homes Amongst Top Picks for Willows by Parks Board

Radnor Township's Parks and Recreation Board were asked to rank proposals for The Willows.

Radnor Township's Parks and Recreation Board ranked their preferred proposals for the Willows Mansion and Cottage. The top four proposals included plans for a boutique hotel and townhouses in the township-owned park.

The board, made up of Radnor citizens, ranked their preferred plans by each member assigning a number value to each plan; those values were then added up.

The "top four" are from:

Jeffrey Miller Catering - Read about their plan here.

C.F. Holloway and Co - Read about the plan here.

100th Street LLC - Read about the plan here.

Cross Street Partners - Read their plan in the pdf section of this article.

Radnor Board of Commisisoner member John Nagle said the proposals for a hotel and houses on the property are not consistent with some major criteria that the township stated in its request for proposals. Still, he said, the township may work with them to address some of the issues.

At the Parks and Recreation Board meeting on Thursday, manager Bob Zienkowski said the next step is to create more specific requests and needs to ask the top contenders to address in an upcoming meeting. The top requests from the township's perspective are:

  • The township does not want to give up ownership of any portion of the former estate.
  • The open space, sledding hills, trails and pond must continue as public space.
  • The township wants to eliminate the annual operating and maintenance expenses for the mansion and cottage.
  • It wants the buildings renovated at the firm's expense.
  • It wants an annual fee paid to the township for use of the buildings.
  • The character should match the neighborhood and incorporate historical design elements from the original buildings.
  • The township wants residents and community groups to continue to use the mansion at a discount.
  • It wants the township's recreation and programming department to have use of the facilities for fixed days each year.

 

Related:

Opinion: On the Future of the Willows Mansion

Blog Post: Willows Proposals

Mark January 13, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Interesting. I drive by it nearly everyday and never notice it. I drove by it again this afternoon and made a point to look based on Catherine's post and it does seem to need work on its exterior. It's a nice piece of property though. Maybe it'll be 're-purposed' someday! Thanks Sam
Catherine January 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM
There's a big wreath on one of the windows (or doors?) so it does seem somebody uses it but, what a shame that the "Gateway to Wayne" has such a woebegone, neglected look to it. Perhaps Mr Kania, Lindner, Lasak or Feeney read Radnor Patch?
Hollie holt January 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I have been paying pretty close attention to the proposals for the Willows and Jeffrey Miller's proposal seems the obvious choice to me, It will preserve a nice tract of the open space that attracted so many of the residents of Radnor township to the area, will renovate the mansion in a way that it has needed for so long, bring in extra revenue, not impinge on the current uses of the park for gardening, walking, fishing, etc., not add much in the way of additional traffic and no appreciable impervious cover to this corner of Radnor, and provide the residents with an aestheticially improved local venue for all sorts of events. I hope that the money this proposal estimates to generate satisfies the township's need to cover the maintenance costs of the property. Jeffrey? Hollie Holt
Mark January 14, 2013 at 03:53 AM
I agree, based on what I've read on Patch recently. A proposal that strikes a reasonable balance between cost and quality of life--and maintains open space-- seems best for the community over time.
Woodlawn Garden Center Malvern, 359 Paoli Pike February 16, 2013 at 09:38 PM
great point about redevelopment over an existing footprint. This does seem preferable.

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