A new mixed-use commercial and residential project on 13 acres in Kennett Square will bring townhomes, apartments, retail, event space, and walking trails to a strategic location in the community in 2021.
“It’s the gateway to Kennett,” developer Don Robitzer said of the parcel located at the intersection of East Cypress Street and Ways Lane.
The project will be called Kennett Pointe and will have two components: 53 townhomes built by Montchanin Builders, and a 40,000-square-foot mixed-use building with nearly 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail space with 24 one- and two-bedroom apartments above, developed by The Commonwealth Group.
According to Robitzer, it has taken more than two years to develop the plan for the mixed-use project. He plans to break ground in January 2021.
“Over the past two years, working closely with Kennett Township, we have created a mixed-use community in what was a commercially zoned parcel,” he said.
The residents of Kennett Pointe, as well as the greater community, should all benefit from the public spaces planned for the area.
“There will be walking trails with connections to the borough and a public lawn space,” said Robitzer. “We will have a performing pavilion with seating, and we would hope to use that to create community events and concerts.”
For the commercial aspect of the project, Robitzer selected the team of Tess Scott and James Pinckney of Zommick McMahon Commercial Real Estate in West Chester as the leasing representatives. The team has already helped to bring the Cannery Row mixed-use development to South Mill Road and West Cypress Street and is currently working on another project called Kennett Crossing.
“I’ve known the team for years on the development side of things,” said Robitzer. “This is the first engagement we have had with the team to lease property. We look for best-in-class in all projects, in terms of retail and commercial representation.”
The ZMCRE team has begun the marketing campaign for the retail space and is already fielding calls from potential tenants.
“We were thrilled when asked to work on this project,” said Scott. “Don’s vision and commitment to this town has always been something we have admired and respected.”
Although Scott admits that it sometimes can be challenging to lease spaces that aren’t built yet, she and Pinckney plan to “sell the vision” as they did with the successful Cannery Row project and Kennett Crossing.
“We’re looking for businesses that are sustainable, add value, and benefit the community,” said Scott. “Restaurants, boutiques, cafés, hair salons, bakeries, yoga studios, and small grocers.”
“It’s important for us to find the right businesses to complement this town,” said Pinckney. “I live in Kennett and want to see it continue to flourish and evolve, and I know Don shares the same vision.”
For leasing information, contact James Pinckney at 610-453-2569 or Tess Scott at 610-401-3453.
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