Woodlawn Trustees want to sell Concord property

[Editor's note: This story has been corrected. The northern boundary of the property in question is Smithbridge Road.]

Woodlawn Trustees wants to sell
325 acres of land in Concord Township that would be turned into private homes
and a retail district.

Bernard Green, Woodlawn’s CEO
and senior vice president for real estate, told township supervisors and
residents about the plans June 7.

Supervisors’ Chairman Dominic
Pileggi reminded those residents attending that the presentation was strictly
informational at this time and that there would be many more meetings and
revisions along the way. He said that approval for the Concordville Town Center
took two years of meetings and hearings.

According to Green, the acreage
would be sold so that Woodlawn may continue to have funds for affordable
housing in Wilmington.

The acreage is that area in the
southwestern section of Concord that abuts Chadds Ford on the west and north.
The northern boundary is Smithbridge Road. The eastern border is near Route 202. The
southern border is the state line with Delaware.

Included in that area is the
Penns Wood Winery and Green said the winery would remain.

Three developers would be
involved: McKee Builders to develop the single-family homes, Eastern Estates to
build the active adult, age-restricted units and the Wolfson Verrichia Group to
develop the retail section.

One hurdle to be negotiated is
zoning. There are currently three different zoning districts in the area and a
fourth would need to be established.

The potential density,
according to the preliminary plan, is that there would be 330 traditional
neighborhood homes, 120 active adult units and 20,000 square feet of retail
businesses.

A preliminary, and cursory,
traffic study has been done. Engineer Chris Williams, of McMahon Associates,
said Route 202 could be widened through the area so there would be three lanes
in both directions. There should also be two extended left turn lanes from
southbound Route 202 onto Naaman’s Creek Road.

A more complete traffic study
needs to be done. In response to a resident’s concern, Pileggi said sight
distances along Beaver Valley Road must be examined to determine safety.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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