Moderation is the word that should be used when it comes to development, only that never happens. There are way too many giant developments. Let’s hit the pause button and see what our infrastructure and natural water sources and so on and so forth can actually tolerate for a while.
But that never happens, does it?
Case in point is the great mistake of Delaware County. Newtown Township approved the giant Toll Brothers plan now in progress on the old DuPont Estate formerly known as Foxcatcher farm on Goshen Road and Route 252 in Newtown Square.
An entire little Stepford City, composed of around 450 homes and amenities (i.e. other structures) will rise from where there was the gentle rise of hills, fields, forest. Of course I wonder about all the natural water sources on the property and will they be preserved and cared for? Will they have a septic system like Byers Station where the septic fields smell a good part of the year?
Most of the old and historic buildings and houses on the estate were bulldozed for this “progress”. They will now build Tyvec McMansions with preposterously pretentious names like “Liseter- The Bryn Mawr Collection”.
Newtown Square is also facing development from that “Ellis Preserve” site which was formerly the Ellis School and ARCO Chemical and other things. I think all in all Newtown Township officials haven’t a clue as to what they have done and in 20 years there will be regrets, and lots and lots of unmanageable traffic and other issues.
Of course no one realistically expected the DuPont Estate to survive intact. After all, once crazy John went to prison for shooting Dave Shultz how much interest did the family have in dealing with all this? There were three challenges to the will of John DuPont, but never a mention I could find of preserving part of the estate in any way.
Look at the photos. Look at the savagery of development. Look at all the clear cutting of practically every standing tree and blade of grass and for what? For plastic houses that will not survive the test of time? I have said it before and I will say it again: this land looks raped.
I am so glad this isn’t too close to where I live. But this is the case in point as to why the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania needs to update the Municipalities Planning Code and give municipalities the power to legally hit the pause button on development —- a temporary moratorium as it were.
A few years ago a bill known as HB 904 was proposed in 2007 and 2009 – it was even discussed in an Inquirer article. Lobbyists from the building industry and developers and other groups killed this bill.
Anyway, the photos speak volumes, don’t they?