Local residential developer C.F. Holloway III has submitted a proposal to Radnor Township that includes building 28 homes at the Willows Park on Darby-Paoli Road.
The proposal is part of an RFP process that the township created for the mansion and the cottage. Holloway, who is currently redeveloping the Louella Mansion in Wayne, is proposing building some of the single-family homes adjacent to the new “Worthing” development and others on the park's "northeast ridge," which is the hill near the exit of the property.
According to Holloway's proposal, which you can read in full, including pictures and maps, in the pdf section of this article, the sweeping view from Darby-Paoli Road and the view-shed from the "loop road" toward the mansion would remain unchanged.
His proposal for the mansion is to "rework" the space to accommodate up to 100 people without expanding the existing square footage of the building.
"We will look at opening up ceiling heights and blending smaller spaces with wider openings in selective areas adding volume and a sense of grandeur. Flexibility for expanding and reducing the room configurations is the goal in order to attract more events use," the proposal states.
Holloway's proposed use for the Willows Cottage is as the new headquarters for the Radnor Conservancy as well as for a Willows property grounds maintenance office and equipment storage.
"We also see this space as being ideal for a seasonal and weekend Willows 'Snack Shack', where Radnor memorabilia merchandise, books, mementos, etc. could be available for purchase," the proposal states.
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