Supervisors eye condemnation of Red Rose Inn

posted Fri, Jun 17, 2011

By MARCELLA PEYRE-FERRY, Special to the Daily Local News

PENN — The historic Red Rose Inn in Jennersville could be saved by being condemned.

During their June 15 meeting, the Penn supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to condemn the property at the intersection of Baltimore Pike and Route 796 in order to take it by eminent domain. To actually take ownership of the property, the supervisors will have to vote again to have their solicitor file the proper paperwork, and the owners will have to be compensated for the fair value of the site.Red Rose Inn 6-17-2011 Daily Local News MARCELLA PEYRE-FERRY

Should the township continue with the process and take possession of the property, the resolution details that the inn could potentially be renovated for offices, tourist information and/or municipal use. It also refers to the congestion at the intersection that needs to be alleviated.

The inn has been standing empty for months, with rumors swirling of sheriff's sales, auctions and demolition. "This is an historic structure that is important to the township. The bottom line is we don't want to lose that structure," Supervisor Curtis Mason said. "We also have an intersection that is at times impassable."

Supervisor William Finnen pointed out the importance of the Red Rose as a piece of history and how it fits in the township's comprehensive plan. "Now we can really go about creating that historic district," he said. "As a supervisor, myself I would like to see the Red Rose Inn as its cornerstone. The path we're taking now, we can develop it into a public use."

The board repeatedly stressed that this resolution does not complete any taking of the property. "This is a resolution that is not going to condemn anything unless we follow it through," Mason said.

"The key to remember is it is a resolution to move forward. We did not take anything," Supervisor Victor Mantegna said.

On the opposite side of the Route 1 bypass, the board granted a conditional use to the Jennersville Medical Building so that the site can be served by public water. Prior to this time, the township has limited the use of public water to the south side of Route 1.

Conditions added to the approval by the supervisors require that when the developers install the 12-inch water line to serve the property, it will be run in the right of way down Woodview Road to the entrance driveway. They will also be required to install fire hydrants as the fire department directs, and pay for those hydrants indefinitely.

The developers are also requesting waivers for smaller parking spaces than the ordinances allow, and a total area of 100,000 square feet, exceeding the limit of 90,000 square feet.
 

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