Wegman’s gets Concord approval, needs same from Chadds Ford

The ball is now in Chadds Ford’s court. Concord Township supervisors on Dec. 10 gave both conditional use and land development approval for a Wegman’s along Applied Card Way, but Chadds Ford Township supervisors need to give their approval for the Chadds Ford side of the development.

Two parcels of land in Chadds Ford are needed to complete the plan. One parcel, the one adjacent to Concord, will be used for parking and the other parcel will be for several retail stores. There will be no decision by Chadds Ford supervisors until sometime in 2014.

Most of the conditions placed on the development by Concord supervisors are routine in nature, such as getting all necessary permits and adhering to provisions in engineering review letters.

One condition, however, is functional. The developer is required to build the southeast segment of the loop road that would allow motorists to drive between routes 1 and 202 without going through the intersection.

That segment of the loop would begin on Route 1 at Applied Card Way and arc through the development in Concord and then into Chadds Ford, ending at Route 202 across from Hillman Drive. Concord’s condition requires the developer to complete that Chadds Ford Township section.

Developer Peter Miller said after the decision that work could begin sometime in February if he gets Chadds Ford Township approval in January.

The Chadds Ford Planning Commission voted Dec. 11 to recommend the supervisors approve the plan for a 19,000 square foot retail pad on one of the parcels.

In addition to approval for the retail portion of the development, Miller also needs zoning relief for parking and for moving a guard shack.

The parcel to be use for parking is zoned to allow parking as an accessory use, but there will be no building on that parcel. It will be parking only. In addition, a guard shack must be moved into the Chadds Ford section of the existing Applied Card Way to prevent unauthorized people from going onto Applied Card property.

The next zoning hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Assuming all goes well, Miller said he expects to begin the site work in February and finish the project in 18 to 20 months.

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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