Sheriff’s sale for Pennsbury Village project

The Pennsbury Village project has an uncertain future. Eagle National Bank has filed for an Oct. 18 sheriff’s sale against PVA, so financing for the townhouse development project is in doubt.

“We don’t know what the status of the Pennsbury Village Associates development is currently,” said Supervisors’ Chairman, Aaron McIntyre at the Sept. 19 supervisors meeting.

Township solicitor Tom Oeste said the township’s existing stipulation agreement with PVA “is only the beginning step. PVA, or whoever ultimately moves forward with residential development of the property, has to gain approval of [an Act] 537 sewage plan and final construction plans. Actual property development would be at least a year away.”

Supervisor Charles “Scotty” Scottoline addressed another area related to the PVA project. He said there’s no timeline concerning the status of the Hope House, located on the PVA owned land adjacent to the township building.

PVA agreed to move the house to another location if the township wanted it. One issue for supervisors was what it would cost the township to maintain the structure.

“We did receive a $30,000 estimate for stucco removal and re-pointing the Hope House and an approximate annual $1,200 ‘mothball expense’ estimate as the Pennsbury Historic Commission has no current usage plan for the house,” Scottoline said.

Other news

• McIntyre reported on the township concern regarding significant erosion at the rear of Hillendale Elementary School. He recently met with Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Superintendent John Sanville and his staff, and he the district agreed to construct and maintain erosion control facilities in accordance with control plans to be designed by the township.

McIntyre said the school district would pay for the project that includes a sediment retention basin estimated to cost near $150,000. The Brandywine Conservancy will provide input on erosion control environmental aspects of the project.

“Pennsbury Township’s cost will be very modest as we will be preparing the sediment retention basin engineering plan,” he said.

• Supervisors unanimously approved Boy Scout David DeJardins plan to build two purple martin birdhouses in the township park immediately behind the Route 1 township building.  The construction of the birdhouses will not require any township expense and DeJardins will now seek final approval from Troop 31. Once approved, he estimated it would take him a few months to build the birdhouses.

• Township residents Charles Nichols and Damien Demnicki have agreed to serve on the Historic Commission.  Nichols, who recently moved to the township from Rhode Island, has been an avid collector of colonial furniture. The Demnicki’s have previously lived in historic homes. The two appointments filled vacant positions the commission.


About Jim Phreaner

After 41 years of auditing large NYSE global corporations, former IRS Agent Jim Phreaner was looking for a project in retirement with fewer regulations and more people. He joined the staff at Chadds Ford Live more than a year ago. James Edward “Jim” Phreaner, 64, died suddenly in his Birmingham Township home on Dec.17, 2012. Jim was a devoted husband, son, father, friend, and neighbor.



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