Sunday, February 7, 2016

Why East Whiteland, not Tredyffrin or Chadds Ford?

Pharma companies concentrating by new Turnpike exit

Why East Whiteland, not Tredyffrin or Chadds Ford?


As my colleague David Sell notes in today's Inquirer, Shire Pharmaceuticals is planning a 600,000 sq ft headquarters complex in national landlord Trammel Crow Corp.'s new Atwater office development next to Liberty Property Trust's Great Valley Corporate Center in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, and will leave Pitcairn Corp.'s Chesterbrook Corporate Center.

Similarly, Endo Pharmaceuticals is leaving its Chadd Ford offices, also for Atwater, which among its other advantages is close to a new EasyPass-only exit from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The move puts pressure on Tredyffrin to update its planning to make its aging and increasingly vacant US 202 Corridor office centers competitive for redevelopers. (Vanguard Group is also consolidating some of its Tredyffrin offices into East Whiteland.)

-- Wage Tax: East Whiteland, formerly an industrial center (White Autocar, National Rolling Mills, Wyeth) built around the blue-collar village of Fraser (whose amenities include an old-style bowling alley and trailer park), imposes an earned-income tax on both workers and residents.

Tredyffrin and Chadds Ford, famous as historic high-end residential real estate centers, do not.

So the wage tax (at least at East Whiteland's one-half percent) doesn't seem to scare off big corporate employers.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

PhillyDeals posts interviews, drafts and updates that Joseph N. DiStefano writes alongside his Sunday and Monday columns and ongoing articles about Philadelphia-area business.

DiStefano studied economics, history and a little engineering at Penn. He taught writing and research at St. Joe’s. He has written for the Inquirer since 1989, except when he left a few times to work at Bloomberg and elsewhere. He wrote the book Comcasted, and raised six kids with his wife, who is a saint.

Reach Joseph N. at, 215.854.5194, @PhillyJoeD. Read his blog posts at and his Inquirer columns at Bloomberg posts his items at NH BLG_PHILLYDEAL.

Reach Joseph N. at or 215 854 5194.

Joseph N. DiStefano
Also on
letter icon Newsletter