still coming soon in west chester?

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I love the Farmers & Mechanics Building and was super excited that Myles Development was thinking outside the box and creating a boutique hotel.  As a matter of fact I had offered Tom Myles free photography of his site as it was being rehabilitated for a “brag book” I was so excited. But I never heard a thing after I offered that in February, 2016.  And that’s fine, I am busy enough as it is.

But… who has heard anything about how the rehab/adaptive reuse is going? Has anyone seen the work so far? (I am still really interested in the rooftop garden and how that will turn out!)

I went searching for news and found the above on a small hotel site called Marshall Hotels & Resorts.

I saw an update that they are pre-leasing office space – that was on the Myles Development site and screen shot below.

But that is it – can’t find additional media coverage or anything.  I am rooting for this project, so if anyone has any updates, please post a comment!

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loch aerie/lockwood mansion in frazer up for auction in april. will it be a goner?

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Does anyone care what happens to Loch Aerie? I was alerted to this today and couldn’t believe it, but it’s true! Max Spann Auctions are selling the old gal off April 21st in an auction.

I am so sad.  East Whiteland always seems to want to seek it’s own identity as a community but here we go again – one of the other most iconic structures, Loch Aerie is seriously at risk.  Do you really think anyone preservation minded will step up in the 11th hour? It is a nice thought but folks like the ones saving the iconic Farmers and Mechanic Building in West Chester are few and far between.

East Whiteland, are you ever going to wake the heck up and save part of the history that surrounds us? Is everything supposed to become a strip mall or housing development or office park?

Linden Hall is classic demolition by neglect at this point. And oh yes there is that demolition by neglect ordinance brewing but what will it accomplish? As one of my readers said just today:

The ordinance is ONLY a start. A 5 year period of no building permit as part of enforcement would be better than one year. One year is a “blink” in development. You are absolutely right- a monetary fine is useless. The supervisors need to recognize the urgency of this ordinance or it will be too little too late as usual. Thanks for staying on this story!

But what good is staying on a story no one seems to be paying attention to? I hear the new supervisors are all into affordable housing but the joke of it is none of the approved, planned, being built,  and yet to be built living units are truly affordable housing are they? People are snide and say East Whiteland’s idea of affordable housing are trailer parks, but other that the William Henry Apartments and the trailer parks, what is actually something that even falls into the category of affordable housing that is being proposed?

HOW ABOUT SOME ACTUAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION?

Never mind. Everything has a high price tag and none of it seems to include conservation buying or active historic preservation.

If there is a preservation minded buyer out there interested in Loch Aerie, carpe diem….Sadly I just do not think such a buyer exists.  And here is the page for the East Whiteland Historic Commission:

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That screen shot was taken a few minutes ago. What do you see? NADA. Nothing. Zilch.

I really hope someone will step in and save Loch Aerie. Realistically (again)  I just don’t see it happening. But cheer up, someone will build some more “carriage homes” or “luxury singles” somewhere.

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