Concord Township Council announced last night that the rescheduled conditional use hearing for Royal Farms would be held 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at the township building. The hearing had originally been scheduled for March but was postponed at the applicant’s request.
Royal Farms is looking to build a convenience store in the split on Route 202 at its intersection with Smithbridge Road. It currently has threes store in Delaware County, in Aston, Ridley Park and Glenolden. The company is a chain of convenience stores headquartered in Maryland, with more than 160 stores in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It bills itself as having world famous chicken and western fries.”
During the brief April 4 council meeting, Concord’s solicitor Hugh Donaghue said, in response to a question from a resident, that he has not received notice of any formal action taken by attorney John Jaros, who is representing the Pettinaro Company.
Jaros asked council in March to remove a condition from the 2008 approval for a commercial development on Ridge Road at Route 202. That condition requires Chadds Ford Township to sign off on highway improvements that are needed for the development. Council voted to keep the condition, and Jaros said his client might decide to go to court.
Road improvements for the development — called The Shops at Ridge Road — include widening Ridge Road to six lanes from Route 202 to just beyond the site of the development at its western border with Chadds Ford. However, Chadds Ford Supervisors’ Chairman Frank Murphy has said he will not sign off until Chadds Ford residents’ concerns are addressed.
According to the plan, the main entrance for development would be on Ridge. Pettinaro’s consultants have said that the main entrance can’t be on Rouge 202 because northbound Route 202 traffic can’t turn left directly into the property because of the split on 202.