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New Vision for Stalled Chesterbrook Shopping Center

The owners propose 124 new townhouses, with a much smaller retail space.

Genuardi's, which anchored the shopping center, closed in 2010. (Patch file photo)
Genuardi's, which anchored the shopping center, closed in 2010. (Patch file photo)
The owners of the Chesterbrook Shopping Center have an $85 million vision for change.

The area can no longer support that amount of retail space, the current owners told Philadelphia Business Journal. They propose tearing down most of the existing retail structure, and building 124 new townhouses. The front part of the shopping center, where Pizza Land is, would remain under their plans.

The shopping center was purchased in November by Robert F. Whalen Jr. of RW Capital Partners Inc. and Brian McElwee of Valley Forge Investment Corp. and RLD Land Development, the Business Journal said. It was unclear what they paid for the property.

The shopping center, built in 1981, for years was anchored by Genaurdi's, but that closed in 2010. Twenty-one of the center's 41 storefronts were vacant when the center was sold last fall, the Business Journal said.

The plans still must go through the Tredyfrrin Township approval process.

Do you think a much smaller retail space will be successful?



scollins June 05, 2014 at 10:02 AM
yes, keep existing businesses- we could use a Wawa type- open for coffee etc daily.
Maria Ferri Campbell June 05, 2014 at 04:09 PM
We don't need more townhouses. We need a supermarket again! Allow the supermarket to come back and Chesterbrook will once again be the great place it was for all the residents to enjoy! Completely miss the fountain and tables that used to be there!
scollins June 05, 2014 at 04:26 PM
we could use decent restaurants, and an anchor food store-everyone talks about it. At the December meeting, I felt the developer was scripting a "fairy tale existence" and over 30 people stood up and spoke their point of view. People want support to their lifestyle...a place to get coffee/ milk...basics... and businesses to save travel. Many people in Chesterbrook are over 50 or have small families. I hope the township officials can bring balance. We once had a health food store- a gift shop....a flower shop, card store, OB-GYN doctor office, gym, Rita's....etc.
Susie Curry June 06, 2014 at 09:26 AM
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a wonderful addition to the Chesterbrook Shopping Center. My husband and I (both 50+) walk up 2-3 times a week for lessons and to practice. Sure beats sitting home evenings watching TV or hunched over a computer. People are coming from all over to dance there. Would love to see more Chesterbrook residents involved. The young instructor/owners are excellent teachers, lots of fun, and very passionate about what they do. Stop by week day afternoons and evenings and Saturday mornings to check it out!
Tara Hamblen June 08, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Why do we need more townhouses?! I think it would be better to have another grocery market again! It would very convenient for the residents particularly the elderly and families with small children. So no to more townhouses!

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