West Bradford Township has quashed Embreeville Redevelopment’s zoning ordinance challenge for the abandoned Embreeville State School and Hospital property, writes Caitlin McCabe for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The decision by the township’s zoning hearing board was welcomed with cheers by residents who gathered for the occasion.
The developer has been in a squabble with local officials over its plan to build 1,100 residential units at the site of the former psychiatric hospital. This decision ensures that the property will remain standing for now.
However, the developer plans to continue fighting. Ken Hellings, one of the three partners that make up Embreeville Redevelopment, said the group plans to appeal the decision of the board to Chester County Court. This needs to be submitted within 30 days of the April 4 decision.
This is not the first challenge facing the trio since Embreeville purchased the site five years ago. They have faced pushback at nearly every turn.
However, many residents want the entire site to become open land or with just a smaller-scale project that would not stress local roads and schools.
Read more about the decision in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.