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Kennett supervisors give ‘OK’ to Parkside preliminary-final land development plan

03/27/2024 11:59AM ● By Richard Gaw

The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors gave approval at their March 20 meeting to the preliminary-final land development plan for the Parkside real estate project in the township – that includes six conditions.

The project, which will be developed by the North Walnut Holding Company, L.P., will be 16.15 acres in size and located on Walnut Road just to the south of U.S. Route 1. The proposed development will include seven single-family dwelling units, 76 multi-family attached dwelling units, 100 apartment units, 11 detached garages and two parcels that will be developed for retail and commercial use. Of those 183 total dwelling units included in the planned development, 58 will be age restricted. Access to the site will be provided through two entrances located along North Walnut Road, and the site is also proposed to include a crosswalk from the development to the entrance across the road to Anson B. Nixon Park.

The board’s sign-off on the development comes after a public hearing held on Jan. 17, when the supervisors granted conditional use approval to Parkside and to all 7 conditions related to the approval of the development’s conditional use plan. 

Summarizing the details of the agreement, Diane Hicks, the township’s director of planning and zoning, told the board that the plan has been thoroughly vetted by township staff, the township’s planning commission and township consultants. She added that several plan revisions and notes and associated regulatory approvals related to the Parkside development still need to be completed. The applicant will be required to complete the plan revisions, regulatory and legal administrative approvals before recording the final plan and documents. Once the final plan is recorded, Hicks said the construction of the development can begin. 

A representative from the holding company told the board that the company is currently working through legal requirements and awaiting final plans from PECO and Chester Water Authority. He said that most of the remaining administrative items related to the Parkside development are likely to be completed in the next four to six weeks.

Supervisor Richard Leff said the addition of the Parkside development “continues and expands our goal of getting development close to the [Kennett] Borough not only to support the businesses in the borough but to deliver efficient resources that we have to the members of Kennett Township – residents current and future residents who move in.” 

In other township business, the supervisors approved the appointments of Abigail Drabick and Joseph Mulholland as full Planning Commission members; Tracy Bhalla and Mike Bailey as alternate Planning Commission members; and Robert Sheedy to the township’s Historical Commission.

To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email [email protected].