In a rather un-developer-like turn of events, it appears Bentley isn’t tearing down the barn? Has decided to stop fighting residents? Well, I will believe it when I see it, but here is hoping he really will find an adaptive reuse.
The world could use a few more historic barns and a few less McMansions. I am so glad Caroline O’Halloran is writing more.
I will admit I am intrigued. I was perusing my friend Pattye Benson’s blog “Community Matters” when this post jumped out at me about the sudden exit stage left by Mike Brown, Easttown Township’s Manager. I have to ask is it really “pursuing other opportunities” when an employee is being escorted from the building?
Seems to me that Easttown Township has some ‘splaining to do, huh? Wonder what that means for that poor barn?
After serving Easttown Township for 40 years, it was hard for many to believe that township manager Gene Williams was retiring. But retire he did. At the end of 2011, Williams retired and was succeeded by the township’s assistant manager Mike Brown. Brown was on the job for about 18 months as the assistant manager, brought on to take over once Williams retired. Williams retired and Brown took over in January 2012. Barely a year later, we now learn that Brown was escorted from the township building last week and Williams is brought out of retirement to fill in temporarily until a new township manager can be hired. Why? Clearly, there is something behind Brown’s sudden departure….For now, here’s the official press release and we are left to wonder what happened.“Easttown Township is pleased to announce that Gene Williams will be serving the township as temporary interim manager, under and subject to consideration and action by the Easttown Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Tuesday, February 19th. Mr. Williams previously headed the Easttown staff for more than 30 years. Gene will assist during the transition period following the departure of Mike Brown to pursue other opportunities. Easttown Township also announces the commencement of a search for candidates to more permanently fill the manager position.”
If someone was really escorted from the building, then there is a heck of a lot more to this story, isn’t there?
UPDATE: A Realtor I know was finally able to come up with listing on the barn. It is on TREND (# 6161851). However, it is listed under “land type” as “One Building Lot” and under “structures?” the answer is “N”. So here y’all go (and as a non industry professional I still say this is all about as clear as mud, can’t you agree?):
Simple question: what defines market for sale? An MLS listing? A page on their website where everything else they have for sale is? How does one obtain information? Realtors have listings, developers have listings, so why is it Realtors I know can’t seem to find a listing let alone anyone else?
As a matter of fact someone I know sent me three interesting screen shots today. They wanted to see the listing on the barn. I don’t know why, it shouldn’t really matter since Bentley told those Easttown folks he would actively “market” the barn for sale a while longer, right?
Apparently Bentley’s website has that live chat/live assist capability. This person, looking for info on the barn and what it was listed for couldn’t find anything on the barn – just what appears to be the original listing on this property with Prudential.
Obviously it makes for easy Tyvec Kingdom building if a developer could just tear down a barn like this, only the barn is 200 years old and isn’t in bad shape….so in theory someone could buy it and live in it . But if people can’t easily find a listing, how can they buy the barn? My sources tell me there is interest in this barn, so perhaps something good could happen if info was out there for the world to find?
Maybe it would behoove Mr. Bentley to put a listing page conveniently on his spiffy website? Or should people just contact Easttown Township directly?
Here is what I was sent and please note the “Me” is not me literally, it is apparently how it comes up on the live assist/live chat function: