Can­nery Row project gets fi­nal OK

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Matt Free­man

Am­bi­tious plans for the pro­posed Can­nery Row project can be­come a re­al­ity now that the sec­ond and fi­nal mu­nic­i­pal ap­proval is in place.

The Ken­nett Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors last week ap­proved the pre­lim­i­nary/fi­nal plan for the town­ship-side seg­ment of Can­nery Row, a pro­posed multi-use devel­op­ment on the south­west corner of Cy­press Street and Mill Road. The 5.2-acre prop­erty lies across the bound­ary be­tween the Ken­nett Square Bor­ough and Ken­nett Town­ship, with 1.3 acres on the bor­ough side and 3.9 acres in the town­ship.

Ken­nett Square Bor­ough Coun­cil ap­proved its por­tion of the project in early Septem­ber. The re­main­der, with the bulk of the prop­erty but only one build­ing of the pro­posed four, was ap­proved by the town­ship su­per­vi­sors unan­i­mously along with a num­ber of re­quested waivers from var­i­ous re­quire­ments. Those waivers were rec­om­mended for ap­proval by the town­ship en­gi­neer. The 36,000-square-foot devel­op­ment will in­clude a mix of stores, of­fices, a restau­rant, and two-story apart­ments.

It will also have a dog park, walk­ing trails, and open space avail­able to the pub­lic. Scud­der Stevens, chair of the board of su­per­vi­sors, pointed out that the bor­ough and town­ship had col­lab­o­rated on the project to speed up the process and min­i­mize any du­pli­ca­tion of effort. Mike Pia Jr., the project’s developer, said the

mu­nic­i­pal co­op­er­a­tion also helped cre­ate a uni­form, co­he­sive de­sign.

Ken­nett Green­way

Town­ship Man­ager Lisa Moore an­nounced that the state had awarded the town­ship a $225,000 grant for its Ken­nett Green­way pro­gram.

The grant money will fund up­grades to ex­ist­ing trails that ex­tend from Pen­nock Park to south of Hil­len­dale Road. The trails will be resur­faced and widened to meet cur­rent stan­dards as soon as bids are re­ceived and a con­trac­tor ap­proved, Moore said. Moore told the su­per­vi­sors she had re­ceived an es­ti­mate on up­dat­ing the town­ship’s data­base on ground­wa­ter lev­els. The town­ship’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee chair Matt Sabo had men­tioned in Septem­ber that the county data­base on ground­wa­ter had not been up­dated in some 20 years.

In or­der to mon­i­tor wa­ter use amid on­go­ing devel­op­ment, the town­ship of­fi­cials de­cided to look into get­ting that in­for­ma­tion them­selves. But Moore said Wed­nes­day the price for do­ing so would range from $30,000 to $60,000.

Moore said the county planned to up­date its ground­wa­ter data­base in five years, and she rec­om­mended the town­ship wait for the county’s re­view rather than do its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I just think it’s a huge cost for the town­ship to in­cur,” Moore said. Stevens said he agreed, in part be­cause an up­date just for the town­ship would tell them lit­tle about wa­ter us­age pat­terns in neigh­bor­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that could af­fect sup­plies in Ken­nett Town­ship. But at least the En­vi­ron­men­tal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee’s ques­tions had made the of­fi­cials more “sen­si­tized to the sub­ject,” Stevens said. The su­per­vi­sors dis­cussed a pro­posed re­vi­sion to the sub­di­vi­sion and land devel­op­ment or­di­nance that would re­quire all new de­vel­op­ments to have power lines placed un­der­ground, not on poles.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing more at­trac­tive, the ap­proach re­duces power out­ages caused by storms, they said. A 23-acre par­cel on Kaolin Road was ap­proved for sub­di­vi­sion into 12 build­ing lots. The su­per­vi­sors also ap­proved a lot line change to fa­cil­i­tate lawn care and main­te­nance around a gully bor­der­ing some prop­er­ties on Burnt Mill Road. Moore noted that the project to re­hab the Chan­dler Mill Bridge had gone out to bid. The his­toric bridge, once con­tro­ver­sially slated for de­mo­li­tion, will be re­in­forced and used mostly for pedes­trian and bi­cy­cle traf­fic, with the road­way con­tin­u­ing to be closed to all but emer­gency ve­hi­cles.


An ar­chi­tect’s sketch of what the Can­nery Row project in Ken­nett will look like when com­pleted.

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