Well, as some may or may not recall I have wanted to photograph the existing structures on Foxcatcher Farm (AKA John DuPont’s old estate) but could never get the people whose name was currently on the gate to call me back (Rouse Group and they were calling it Ashford).
I guess we might want to just call this estate Sybil because it is receiving a name change and developer change. It’s a four letter word: TOLL.
Sigh…there goes the neighborhood. There goes that corner. There goes Goshen Road. There goes all the fabulous old structures on the property. The developer with the soul of plastic Lego building is the new developer as per Patch. 449 housing units, can you imagine?
NEWTOWN SQUARE–The estate on the corner of Rt. 252/Newtown Street Road and Goshen Road in Newtown Square–owned by The Rouse Group–will soon be redeveloped into luxury homes by luxury home builder Toll Brothers.
“We were just informed…that Toll Brothers has partnered up with Rouse development to construct Ashford, which will be renamed to Liseter–Liseter is the farm that the du Pont family originally called the property,” announced Newtown Township Manager Mike Trio at a supervisors meeting on Nov. 26.
According to Trio, Toll Brothers has “strictly committed” to the township’s development standards….The township was scheduled to have a meeting with Toll Brothers during the last week of November to go through a permit schedule and fee breakdown. Toll Brothers is expected to start construction by the end of the year. Trio said demolition permits have already been approved and demolition on the site is already taking place…
Seven collections of luxurious carriage and single-family homes
There will be 449 units in total
Good to know Newtown Township has “strict” development standards. Given what had been planned for the old Ellis School site, it has been a little hard to tell.
I will tell you what, given what I have seen of Toll Brother developments here in Chester County I really think this is going to be a cram plan of cookie cutter plastic houses to satisfy the urges of the masses to say they live “in the country” and in a “carriage home”, don’t you?
Can we say Byers Station-like? Jean Austin DuPont must be turning in her grave.
How much development is enough?
Realistically I knew there would be a development here once there were no more DuPonts interested in the estate, but this is quite simple too dense a plan close onto an already densely populated area.
Sigh….buh bye open space…