New House Angers Neighbors in North Wayne

Some say the rebuilt home is "too big" for the neighborhood.


Some North Wayne residents are upset with the owner of 219 Poplar Avenue in over the size of his newly expanded house — "a structure they maintain is out of scale in this quiet neighborhood of tree-shaded eclectic homes dating back to the 19th century nestled in a historic district," reports Main Line Media News.

The newspaper reports that "Neighbors are angry over what they perceive as the razing of a 1960s-era bungalow down to just three foundation walls and reconstructed into a massive home without, they allege, following proper development protocols such as obtaining approvals and telling nearby neighbors. But the applicant contends that he has all along adhered to the township’s zoning code and ."

Ijustthrewupalittlebitinmymouth August 23, 2012 at 01:38 PM
What the h*ll??? Was that photograph taken with a fisheye lens or was Poplar Ave. rezoned commercial?
Catherine August 23, 2012 at 02:39 PM
This actually is in keeping with the 2 1/2 story style homes Wendell and Smith built in the N Wayne subdivision back in the late 18- hundreds. And, if a direct next door neighbor doesn't care about this house, why should people farther away complain?
justwondering August 23, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Because, once again, Radnor wants to legislate taste.............people, there are so many more important issues here. Apparently this is not a crack house, or a rehab. I would guess that some nice family that looks just like YOU will buy and assimilate just fine. So rest assured - nothing will change here.
morgan1911 August 23, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The bigger issue is that the builder and owner already had approval from the zoning and harb, then when some people saw what was being built, they convinced the township to re-open the harb approval. Which if the owner sues, the town wil lose and we all get to pay those legal fees. Furthermore, this house is on a street that was called "non-contributing" when the harb ordinance was passed. This means the 1960s and 1970s one-story ranches were not the target of the harb, the old Victorians were. This house shouldn't even be in front of the harb in the first place.
Frank September 09, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Even "Spend It Now" Higgins had to admit that it was just jealous old foggies complaining because it made their old houses look bad by comparison. Put some money into your houses and fix them up or a big bad developer will do it for you!


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