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Radnor Board: No Houses, Hotel at the Willows

A majority of the Board of Commissioners said they did not want to lose any open space on the property.

On Monday the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners voted to move a number of proposals for the Willows mansion and cottage to the next phase in its search for a partner to take over the buildings' operations.

Not amongst those proposals to move forward were pitches for a boutique hotel and new houses on the township-owned property.

Local residential developer C.F. Holloway III had submitted a proposal that included building 28 homes.

Both proposals included building the new construction on part of the Willows park. On Monday, a majority of the commissioners said that they only wanted to pursue proposals that were renovations of the mansion and cottage and a small area of land around each.

Board president Elaine Paul Schaefer said she does not think it was the board's intention to solicit proposals to develop any open space or sell off any portion of the Willows.

"The goal of this whole process is to find a way to preserve the structures," she said.

The motion passed Monday was to move forward to the next phase with proposals from Jeffrey Miller Catering, Cross Street Capital, Open Aire Affairs, and Perfect Setting Catering. It also included soliciting an RFP from a catering company that only just learned about the Willows bidding opportunity, Conroy Catering.

Mark January 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Good news! Thank you Commissioners.
Libby Mapes Yarnall January 30, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Wonderful!! This makes me very happy - preservation of our beautiful area for future generations will keep Radnor a special place for years to come.
andrea temko January 30, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Great News!!!!!!!!!
Mary Ann January 30, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Thank goodness. We don't need houses or a hotel on that beautiful property.
Barbara White Waterman January 30, 2013 at 03:43 PM
This is wonderful news ! I am so happy the Board of Commissioners wants to preserve the land and house for residents to enjoy ! Also for future generations . Sincerely, Barbara White Waterman.
John F. Haines January 30, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Remember . . . to see the township meeting of Jan. 28, 2013 go to youtube.com/jhainessr
BANKER0917 January 30, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Thank goodness the commissioners did the right thing this time !! Definitely would like to see the building occupied and a catering type of busines would be an excellent choice so that could use all of the building and the surrounding grounds for their events.
Radnortownship January 31, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Suggestion: 1. Relocate the entire township operations to the Willows Mansion (those operations that occur in the new township building). 2. Rent the current township building. Solves the empty Mansion at the Willows and generates a ton of revenue from a building that is currently under used and way too costly!
Frank January 31, 2013 at 02:45 PM
A caterer will certainly bring in lots of revenue and solve why Radnor has been losing a fortune on the Willows for years. Glad we rejected any of the options that would have permanently set aside some of the property and brought in any real tax revenue. I wonder what ideas we will be looking at next when this ridiculous idea fails? Why do we have a mountain of debt to pass on to our children in a township as affluent as this?

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