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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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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