Sometimes it's not always what you know, but WHO you know. Luckily for the New Garden Twp. PA Historic Commissiion, they have a friend in Richard Gaw of the Chester County Press.
Richard came to the Commission a couple of months ago to investigate a controversy brewing with a local developer who, in the past, always seemed to get projects approved in New Garden. He had a property under contract which, in addition to a c. 1790 house (1913 photo) , had a possibility of subdivision for another 7 houses. But a demolition permit for the historic house and some outbuildings was included in a submission to the Township.
The developer was told that he must first try and sell the historic home separately and gave him 18 months to list it with a Realtor. That was 15 months ago, and the developer has shown no signs of trying to list or sell the home. But after this article in the Chester County Press came out, the word is out that at least one interested buyer is trying to look at the house. Now the developer, who has since settled on the property, is trying to say that proposed changes in the preservation ordinance mean he is free to demolish the structure. But the changes have not been enacted, and even if they were, they would have nothing to do with this property.
So it looks like the developer is throwing anything he can think of into the mix. He may find that the people of New Garden have finally realized they can no longer let developers destroy their historic heritage. Here's hoping they are right!