linden hall and the developer(s)

Nightmare traffic. Pretty much daily.  
Does anyone see any actual restoration of Linden Hall? 


Supposedly the developer has an “obligation” to restore the old historic structure, as I presume that was part of the application and conditions of approval, right? But does the developer have to restore the actual Linden Hall?

  I still assert no, because there is nothing in East Whiteland that would make the developer do the restoration, you only have their word. And well, can it be said developers can promise a lot of things at times when they are trying to get projects approved?

All I see is demolition by neglect, don’t you? They haven’t even mothballed the historic structure in an effort to preserve it during construction of the butt ugly townhouses. And quite frankly I am still not sure that the foundations on one side are properly filled in. There is only so long that foundation walls that are a couple of centuries old are going to survive if they are just dug out around and exposed without anything to ensure their survival.

That historic structure which should have been protected years ago is totally at risk. The property is only seen by developers as the money the plastic (and fairly expensive) townhouses will generate. To a municipality, new development = some ratables but that is never as much as you think it will be and a one off, correct?


What do residents get out of the whole proposition? In my opinion, not much. 
None of us move to Chester County for plastic mushroom Tyvek wrapped housing, we move for the beauty , history, and the open space. The farmland, a better way of life. But how is our life better if acre by acre Chester County is been gobbled up by developments?

Has anyone seen how close that one development is to St. Peter’s in the Great Valley? Does anyone care?

Developers don’t care about what makes life special to those of us who live here, if they cared about cornfields and old houses and forests and fields they wouldn’t buy so many and plow them under for plastic mushroom Tyvek wrapped townhouses and McMansions. 

Traffic is absolutely ridiculous on Route 30 anywhere near Route 352 and Linden Hall. 

And today it was downright dangerous because there were so many frustrated drivers who were just throwing themselves into reverse and doing U-turns in the oncoming lanes of traffic to escape the traffic. Headed west on Route 30 (Lancaster Ave.) you can’t make a left turn onto 352 at this point. That also makes for a lot of confusion and great inconvenience to motorists.

It is bad enough that most of this new development looks cheap and all crammed in, but what’s even worse is everyone has to put up with the pain of the development occurring.

And what will all this development that falls within the Great Valley School District do? How long before the school district is completely over crowded? Does the school district even have any contingency plans or projections for this? Because it’s not like all this development is for empty-nesters.

I had to go through this intersection of Route 352 and 30 twice today. Each time I spend a minimum of 35 minutes trying to just get through a very short distance. As residents of Chester County, our time is worth something. It would behoove East Whiteland to not only sit on the developer about the restoration of Linden Hall actually occurring instead of just the abuse to the structure, but actually sitting on them so people can get through the darn intersection and that stretch of road.

Linden Hall just sits there and looks more sad by the day. Traffic just gets worse by the day.


5 thoughts on “linden hall and the developer(s)

  1. I completely agree with everything you said. I drive Rt 30 almost everyday.

  2. If the developer agreed to restore the building as a condition for approval, then yes, the developer would be obligated to restore. Your remedy is to compel the township to enforce its position. If the promise is not an explicit condition, then most likely, there is no obligation. You also have to see whether or not there are any precise definitions around what constitutes restoration. To be honest, your issues are really with the township, not the developer. If the community really wants the building preserved, then the community can cough up the money. It may also be that whatever is going to be done to the building will happen later in development. Again, to be honest here, that is something that would happen in later stages of development.

    • There is nothing to make them save the building. They only said they would save the building. If they were going to save the building they would’ve done something by now to “mothball” the structure to preserve it for preservation. You can see examples of that in West Whiteland Township in Exton.

      My issues are with both the township and the developer. The developer for adding so much density and crappy looking structures that are designed only to line their pockets for, and the township for not being more proactive in historic preservation measures in general.

      Above that I have an issue with the folks at Chester County planning on a county level because I don’t see how they see all this development as beneficial for any of our communities across Chester county. And then there is also the state which has culpability because the municipalities planning code is woefully outdated and needs to be updated to reflect community preservation, land preservation, historic preservation.

      So truthfully you can’t just point the finger at one entity here, there are a lot of who share responsibility.

      Wanton development throughout Chester county is at a crisis level in my humble opinion. And truthfully I would like the powers that be to stop and think now so I don’t have to say I told you so and 20 years

  3. There is a sale sign on the building. I guess that means it’s being sold to someone who WILL restore it?

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