Developer may try to save old barn
Developer may try
to save old barn
DEVON A 200-year-old Devon barn slated for demolition may yet be saved.
Developer Tom Bently - who for months has been entrenched in a fight with nearby residents who want to save the barn, set on a property he intends to fill with luxury homes - said he plans to give up the fight. From a public relations perspective, he said, it's just not worth it.
"I realized that we spend a huge amount of money trying to make people like us. And here is this group of people that were definitely not going to like us if we tore the barn down," Bently said.
Bently Homes plans to build eight homes on the Devon property, on Waterloo Road. Bently said he received a permit from Easttown Township to demolish the barn in July after he was unable to find a buyer for it. He said the barn has several additions.
Nevertheless, nearby residents have called it an historical landmark. They appealed the township's demolition permit in August, halting the process.
A second hearing on the appeal was scheduled for Tuesday night before Bently asked that it be put on hold.
He said the appeal process could be revived if the company and residents cannot agree on the building's future or the township does not approve the ultimate plans.
- Tricia L. Nadolny