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Update On Old Pathmark Site in Marple

Third Ward Commissioner Jim Balk discusses the status of the former Pathmark site off of Lawrence Road in Broomall.

BROOMALL–The old Pathmark building off of Lawrence Road in still stands vacant after officially closing its doors in October 2010.

Negotiations between the site's developer, Paul de Botton of National Realty Corp., and Crozer-Keystone Health System to develop a medical center at the site have since been .

Since its closing last year, Marple Township Third Ward Commissioner Jim Balk announced at a commissioners work session meeting on Nov. 9 that the original price tag of the Pathmark plot was estimated around $7 million to $7.5 million, in which the value has dropped to around $3 million in its succeeding months.

Balk suggested that the commissioners continue to keep an eye on the price tag of the site for any future community developments for the township such as a recreational facility.

"It looks like the price tag now is down to like $3 million," said Balk. "I think we should keep our ear to the ground on this thing because if it continues to drop, I think it would make a nice recreational facility for the township."

Due to the large plot of land and its former grocery store habitant, Balk said the site could provide plenty of parking for the recreational facility, including its current underground parking lot, as well as possibly converting part of its existing, front parking lot to baseball and soccer fields.

"It might be a bargain for us, especially with these economic times now," said Balk. "The township could get a ond at a very good rate. I think we should keep our stethescops out on this issue."

Jennifer November 15, 2011 at 02:05 PM
A recreation facility worries me because the plot is next to West Chester Pike & Lawrence Road - two heavily commuted roads with cars driving at excessive speeds. If a baseball field is built what if a ball flies onto one of these roads & hits a car - this has potential to cause some serious damage to both the car & the driver. Also, what if a child was to chase after a loose ball that was heading towards one of these busy roads - the child could become severely injured or worse a causality.
Paul November 15, 2011 at 03:10 PM
All of the other townships are getting state of the art recreational facilities and fields. Marple is getting left in the dust. If we want young families to continue to move into Marple we need to get with the times. We have enough grocery stores in Marple. Our fields and facilities are an embarrassment.
Anita November 15, 2011 at 03:26 PM
I love the idea of having a recreation facility there. It would be the perfect location, since it has public transportation accessability. Jennifer is right, with pointing out the security factor. Maybe the solution would be a semi indoor outdoor compromise, where security would be established with fencing and/or netting. It would be nice to have a ice skating in the winter around here. Even a pool for exercising would be nice, for an affordable price, where a Family can exercise together. There is even enough room for maybe a youth center? However, besides security issues, I also have a concern about the price tag. Let's not forget, the roof is leaking, the elevator has had problems on a regular basis and the building is now empty for over a year; The parking lot is not level, so this could be an issue as well. The building needs to be looked at a little closer, to determin if it can be used with some remodelling or if it needs more extensive repairs. A nice alternative would be a Wegman's or Trader Joe store, where we would have some other, maybe healthier food shopping options.
John November 15, 2011 at 06:08 PM
I don't know if the site is large enough to accommodate a Wegman's, but that would be my first choice. There are two other developments in Newtown Square where the owners should consider a Wegman's- our area deserves a first class food store that is sorely needed.
Kirk Klinger November 15, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Many other townships have large recreational spaces for various youth (and adult) athletic programs; this would certainly be a valued enhancement to our community. Open space is something our township needs and should have (we have more than enough buildings). I certainly encourage Marple Supervisors to look into this matter.
Paul Quintavalla November 16, 2011 at 04:22 PM
We have sufficient recreational locations. Some are underused, such as Veterans Memorial Park and Kent Park. And, yes, some facilities do need upgrading. By keeping this site a tax generating business location, we can fund improvements on what we have. However, creating a new sports facility will loose revenue while exponentially increasing taxes.
stella November 17, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Ok, seriously this cannot be another recreational facility. I can appreciate the comments about an inviting, upscale recreational facility for families but isn't that what the community center is for? I don't understand. What about the recreational parks that are completely underused like the other comment mentioned? Why build something new when we already have that? Maybe people should start asking when the communicity center will actually finish its construction? I agree with other comments posted here about creating something that will bring in revenue, such as a grocery stores. Yes, we have many in the area (ie, giant, acme, etc.) but we do not have an upscale one like Wegmans or Whole Foods. Bringing these types of stores will absolutely provide more revenue and plus, the infrastructure is already there! More importantly, many people will be able to benefit from these stores from young to old. Recreational facilities in my opinion are more accodomadating for one demographic, young families. As a new mom myself, I think a recreational facilitiy is a good idea, but its not practical.
Jennifer November 17, 2011 at 04:01 PM
WEGMANS!!! WEGMANS!!!! We need one in our area!
John R. Strayer August 08, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Simple solution for this property is a HOTEL. What Delaware county lacks is a hotel space for out of town guests, local weddings, business conferences, etc. Placing a hotel on this property would generate a tremendous amount of tax revenue.
James Hyun January 18, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Hey I have an idea is to make a SUNOCO and a FOOD COURT and have Bus tickets for SEPTA sold and run through there too. j.tripmaster@aim
Sam D February 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM
The property just sold 1/30/2013 to a locally based real estate investment company, and it was not De Botton / National Realty Corp. The new owner focuses on medical/office, retail, and student housing. My bet would be on med/office for this location.

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