Four-story apart­ments re­moved from project

Devon Yard plan pre­sented to pub­lic

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Il­gen­fritz ril­gen­fritz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @rpil­gen­fritz on Twit­ter

In a brief pre­sen­ta­tion up­dat­ing the evolv­ing plans for the pro­posed Devon Yard project on the site of the for­mer Water­loo Gar­dens in Devon, the multi-fam­ily hous­ing units that were to sit just west of the Devon Horse Show grounds have been elim­i­nated, it was an­nounced dur­ing a brief

East­town Town­ship Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meet­ing last week.

The pur­pose of the meet­ing was for the de­vel­oper to present a brief re­view of the up­dated plans for the site. Be­cause it was added to the agenda at the last minute, there was no dis­cus­sion from the mem­bers of the com­mis­sion or from the pub­lic.

A more de­tailed meet­ing has been sched­uled for 7 p.m., Oct. 25 at Beau­mont Ele­men­tary School.

Along with the four-story apart­ment build­ing that was to be con­structed, there will no longer be a park­ing struc­ture with the build­ing. Sur­face park­ing would now be on the site that is lo­cated be­tween the Water­loo Gar­dens site and the horse show grounds.

The apart­ment build­ing had been the pri­mary con­cern with res­i­dents on the new de­vel­op­ment and as a re­sult of the changes, they are sat­is­fied with the re­sults. “We are pleased the apart­ment com­po­nent has been re­moved,” said Joseph Kohn, a res­i­dent, and at­tor­ney who is rep­re­sent­ing a group of neigh­bors liv­ing near the site.

Kohn went on to say as the process moves for­ward there could be mi­nor points that could come up but noth­ing like the de­bates in the past.

With the fight over the apart­ment build­ing now set­tled, de­vel­oper Eli Kahn can con­tinue to de­velop the re­main­ing parts of the project that in­cludes “… a large­for­mat An­thro­polo­gie store, Ter­rain gar­den cen­ter, and Ter­rain Cafe, along­side award-win­ning chef, Marc Vetri’s Amis and Pizze­ria Vetri. We have pur­sued this goal for three years and have been grat­i­fied by the com­mu­nity’s strong sup­port for our vi­sion,” ac­cord­ing to a let­ter sub­mit­ted to East­town Town­ship by J. David Ziel, chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for Ur­ban Out­fit­ters, the owner of the site.

Kahn did not re­turn a call fol­low­ing the East­town meet­ing but did tell Dig­i­tal First Me­dia a few weeks ago when de­tails of the re­vised plan were first an­nounced, “We’re very happy. We spent months work­ing out a deal that was best for ev­ery­body and al­lowed the project to move for­ward ex­pe­di­tiously. There should be no com­plaints about this. One of the high­est qual­ity re­tail­ers any­where in the coun­try is do­ing a one-of-a-kind shop­ping, re­tail and restau­rant en­vi­ron­ment in the heart of Devon. I couldn’t be hap­pier.”

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