Developer Proposes New Houses at The Willows

C.F. Holloway III submitted a proposal to renovate the mansion and the cottage and to build 28 single family homes at the Willows Park.


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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Sara Pilling October 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM
No Way!!!
Amanda October 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM
That would be awful. I would protest that any way possible.
Catherine October 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
This is little more than real estate rape. Offensive in every way. A "Snack Shack" selling Radnor knick knacks? What a stupid con. We have to be careful because this company has snookered Radnor before. The enticement of getting new real estate tax income from 28 new homes made from cheap stucco and pre-fab trim could be tantalizing to the township.....
Frank October 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Why dont you guys buy it and renovate it?
Anthony Wayne October 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
After researching the documents that gave Radnor Township ownership of The Willows, and respecting the covenants found there, if it is to be sold, I feel every effort should be made to first market this parcel intact, with deed restrictions on future development, and permit a very fortunate family to once again reside on this gem of a property. We have seen every estate carved up, densly developed with no side walks in a cul-de-sac configuration. Its way past time to rethink that kind of scheme. We know we can do better than that. Short of one family, next, I might support development with a lot size of say 10 acres. This would be consistant with what we see further south along Darby-Paoli Road, enabling a consistant view, thus maintaning one of the most beautiful parts of our community. After proper vetting, and much dialogue, any proposals need to be put to PUBLIC vote. I oppose ANY subdivision or deed restriction mandated only by township officials, elected or not. I am confident that a way can be found to maintain public ownership, retain the existing structures, and adapt them to a use for the public good while providing necessary income. Other communities have done just that, why can't we? Radnor Township would be substantially diminished allowing 28 homes to be built here, further, I am willing to wager such a proposal would never pass a public vote or referendum if offered any reasonable alternatives.
Tim W. October 12, 2012 at 03:45 PM
over my DEAD body!
Tim W. October 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
We aren't obscenely wealthy like Halloway is.
Bob Adams October 12, 2012 at 04:15 PM
What a great idea more money for the township then maybe the residents can stop paying fees to the township for our kidds playing ball on our fields.Is there enough room for VU to build some dorms also.
Wendy Monaghan October 12, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I pray this doesn't happen
BANKER0917 October 12, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I am hoing that the Commissioners will throoughly think this offer through BEFORE becoming money hungy again !! I remember when this used to be a pretty township and I remember when it was still the Zantzinger estate !! Please make sure they do NOT cowtow to Hollway or any other deverlop of this ilk.
Tim W. October 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
"Thoroughly think this offer through"? If i were in charge, It would be rejected immediately and I'd tell the person making the offer to go pound sand
Catherine October 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I hope the comments here reach each and every decision maker in Radnor Township. Citizens do not trust this company and have had enough.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out October 12, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I agree with Anthony Wayne's comments & suggestions.
Susan Silverberg October 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The township is overdeveloped as it is. If the township wants to place something on this property, move the Radnor Library there. The building is outdated and parking is the number one issue.
John C. Nagle October 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Bob, check the fee schedule before you make these claims. I think you will be surprised to find that we aren't paying for the kids to use the fields. “These fees do not apply to the established Radnor Community Sports Organizations – Radnor Wayne Little League; Radnor Soccer Club; Radnor Boys Lacrosse; Radnor Girls Lacrosse”
Martin Heldring October 14, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I suppose no one is in favor of more development but I hope everyone remembers the reason why alternatives for the Willows are being considered at all. Years of financial mis-management and neglect has resulted in a very serious deterioration in the Township’s finances. There is simply no money available to continue to operate the Willows at a loss and certainly none savable for all of the repairs and updates that are required. In our personal lives, there are many things that we would like to do and have but all are viewed through a prism of what we can afford. That reality has arrived in Radnor Township and all of the alternates for the Willows need to be viewed through a prism of what is best for Radnor, including the financial aspect.
Sharpie October 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
There should be a moratorium on new housing when 177 properties are already for sale in Radnor. If developers want to build something, rebuild the massive houses for sale in this township, subdividing them into more-marketable townhouses. When you factor in increased sewer capacity, more roads, all the infrastructure necessary, new housing ends up costing the township esp. when large properties are already wasting away w/o buyers. New housing costs the township and wastes land. Rebuild what's already here.
Frank October 16, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Many of our township residents are in for a big wake up call when the county does the next home value assessment. Many of the old-timers paid almost nothing for their homes and pay very little in taxes. When they receive their new tax bills they will suddenly shift their perspective to that of Martin's and start asking tough questions about our ability to pay for such things with tax dollars.
i grew here you moved here October 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
No surprise here. Only a matter of time until we saw this. This guy consistently demonstrates he has no idea or care for what is in the best interest of the community, and not just his wallet. If you keep building houses, you're going to keep putting money into infrastructure improvements just to keep up with volume and density. Roads, stormwater, etc. can't handle the present volume in the Twp. There should be a moratorium on new homes. It actually should have happened more than a decade ago. More homes, more problems
James October 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
This is perhaps the best proposal, it addresses precisely what the township requested, the hotel option is also an interesting option but it sounds like it would severely diminish the public use of the park. I love how delusional the residents of our township are, people think the Willows is free. I agree, it is a beautiful park / open space but it consistently runs at a loss, we need to think outside the box, I would be curious how many of these ignorant pessimists have actually read the proposals fully. I drove past the Louella Mansion the other day, it looks fantastic, it is nice to finally see that building get the rehabilitation it needs and deserves, I credit the developer with taking risks and thinking outside the box. All the naysayers have no alternative to offer, they just make wild claims, likening this to rape, etc. The reality is that Patch is just an outlet for negative people with nothing to do but criticize others, if these people were truly committed and had an ounce of credibility they would offer solutions and alternatives that addressed the issues our township faces.
Frank October 17, 2012 at 03:25 AM
The township loses money on new houses that are taxed 4X the rate of the old dumps they replace? Based on your logic we should deport the old folks that pay low taxes and replace them with new houses that are taxed much higher?
Frank October 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Amen Really seems like a lot of old birds with these ideas to "force the developers" to do it their way. They remind me of Grandpa Simpson "Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee"


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