Mattison Estate, a proposed mixed-housing development on the 45-acre former St. Mary’s Villa property at Bethlehem Pike and Lindenwold Terrace, took another step forward.
The Upper Dublin Planning Commission voted last week to recommend approval, with conditions, of the preliminary and final land development plan to the township board of commissioners, writes Linda Finarelli for Digital First Media.
The plan by Lindenwold Residential — a joint venture of Guidi Homes, Endeavor Properties and The Goldenberg Group — includes 354 residential units: 32 twins, 72 townhomes and a 250-unit senior complex.
Under the plan, Lindenwold Castle, the stone wall, gatehouses, part of the lake and other historical structures are to be preserved. The 2-acre lake will be reduced in size — a bone of contention with residents of Lake Drive — and the dam removed, with the natural streambed re-established.
Among 32 conditions imposed, the developer is to: make structural improvements to the stone wall along Bethlehem Pike and Lindenwold Terrace; submit plans for preservation of the historical items, including financial responsibility for upkeep; and provide a supplemental source of water for the lake.
After going over waivers requested, the planners voted to recommend the plan, subject to conditions, one being “that the wall on Bethlehem Pike be restored and a plan submitted to that effect.”
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