Dollar Tree seeks a place at former Sears location on Route 1
By J. Chambless
The agenda of the Aug. 5 East Marlborough Board of Supervisors meeting showcased the popularity of the township for continued business and residential development. Since the closure of the Sears store just off Schoolhouse Road near Walmart several years ago, the supervisors have handled several conditional use applications for potential occupants.
At a previous meeting, they announced the intention of CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) to take a large chunk of the former Sears space as the CHOP clinic relocates from their present location a few hundred yards to the east. The applicants announced at the time that they wanted a site with easier parking and access. At that same meeting, it was announced that Pet Valu would remain in its present location in the east end of the building.
On Aug. 5, it was announced that a Dollar Tree has also applied to occupy 10,000 square feet of that old Sears building, as well as two smaller stores.
In a related matter, Township Manager Laurie Prysock said that a new liquor store is scheduled to open soon in the former Super Fresh market in the Shoppes at Longwood Village. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has posted a public invitation to a 4 p.m. ribbon cutting on Sept. 5 for the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store.
Also at the Aug. 5 meeting, the supervisors gave approval to Toll Brothers’ final land development plan along Route 82 at the RP Nursery site. The plan includes 42 homes on 26 acres on the west side, and 26 acres of open space on the east side, according to Prysock.
Along Mill Road, the supervisors approved subdividing the 66-acre Weisbrod estate. The area is zoned residential and will be five lots with a minimum of 10 acres each.
The supervisors also approved a resolution to support Landscapes3, as well as a memorandum of understanding with Kennett Township on the Cedarcroft signal grant.
Construction continues on the Garnet Quick Lane on the north side of Route 1 adjacent to the Wawa. The project received conditional approval in 2017, and is owned by Garnet Ford.