A six-year dispute over the future of the once-controversial, yet long-shuttered Embreeville State School and Hospital is now over, as the buildings will be demolished and the land kept as open space, writes Caitlin McCabe for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
West Bradford Township voted unanimously to pay Embreeville Redevelopment $22.5 million, a price that reflects both the value of the land, as well as the 1,100 homes that the development team hoped to build on the approximately 200 acres of land.
Before the township begins paying the settlement, Embreeville Redevelopment must first demolish the buildings and remediate any asbestos, mold, and soil contamination. Once remediation is complete, the EPA will approve the area as free from contaminants.
Embreeville Development will build 33 single-family homes on the 20 acres adjacent to the property that are currently owned by the Brandywine SPCA.
According to the agreement between the township and Embreeville Redevelopment, all pending lawsuits will be dropped.
Read more about the Embreeville State School and Hospital in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.