Barn project should not move forward

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To the Editor:

Letters1The Teen Center Barn proposal being put forth on the land of the Unionville Chadds Ford School District is not consistent with current zoning and land use classifications and further efforts to secure such approvals should not be encouraged or entertained.

When the land was acquired the School District stipulated that the parcel was for “proper school purposes, namely, to expand the District’s secondary school campus”.  Undertaking a commercial land development plan that would result in a long-term lease to an outside entity whose stated goal is “a teen center” that “would be a meeting place, offering fun events, crafts, games, in addition to assistance with homework” demonstrates a departure from initial intent.  Will such departures continue with a CVS or Walgreens ending up on the corner of Rt. 82 and Doe Run Road?

Our school board directors are charged with important responsibilities.  They work earnestly to foster and oversee the education of our children and manage and maximize limited resources to attain the highest standards possible.  Diverting their attention to land development is not in the best interest of the School District.

As the land owner, I would urge the School District to gracefully decline any further engagement on the Barn proposal.  Setbacks, fire lanes, parking, storm water runoff and many other land use issues face this proposal.  Additional School District costs are present.  Good intentions aside, the school board Directors must be circumspect when entering the realm of land developer.


Glenn L. Best
East Marlborough
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8 Comments on "Barn project should not move forward"

1 year 6 months ago

O.K Mike, Thanks for providing the opportunity for citizens to post their comments. It’s important and I appreciate it.

1 year 6 months ago


I like it that you respond to citizen comments. I like it that you write opinion letters. These things influence residents attitudes, opinions and beliefs. I don’t believe you can separate your role as an editor with your place as a citizen. Just my opinion.

Not saying you have to check your integrity at the door. I’m not implying your integrity is in question. Just saying this is exactly why there are conflict of interest rules.

1 year 6 months ago

Respectfully, I do not see how it is possible that you are not dependent on the BOD’s for the Barn project. It is their decision and their decision alone.

Just as public officials have tremendous power over citizens, you, as the editor of this paper have tremendous influence over citizen’s attitude’s opinions and beliefs.

You want the barn project to go through, the BOD’s don’t like it when citizens question them, you’re the editor of the local paper. It’s a sticky spot you’re in at the very least.

1 year 6 months ago

Mr. McGann,

Thank-you for revealing that you are the newly minted president of the U-CF Education Foundation and that you are dependent upon the BOD’s of this school district for their vote in the barn project going forward.

It was the right thing to do.

TE Resident