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T/E School Board Approves Property Acquisition

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, the Tredyffrin/Easttown Board of School Directors approved a resolution authorizing commencement of an eminent domain action to acquire the Doyle-McDonnell nursery property, adjacent to Conestoga High School at 250 Cassatt Road in Berwyn. The District and the owners will engage in a process to determine the fair market price for the property.  The 13-acre parcel is reportedly under agreement with Toll Brothers to develop the property as 85 residential units. Due to the adjacency of the parcel to Conestoga High School, the District has held long-term interest in purchasing the property for a fair price.  However, as long as the property has served as a functioning tree nursery, the District has been willing to wait to secure acquisition.  After learning of an agreement of sale, the District used eminent domain as a measure of last resort.

Student enrollment in the T/E School District has risen every single year since 1990, with a near 10 percent growth rate for the past five years alone. The acquisition of this property will ultimately provide options to meet future District needs. T/E residents and families should note that any future development of the nursery property by the District is not related to the current plan to expand and renovate Conestoga High School and its parking capacity. The progress of the current expansion and renovation plan must move forward to provide adequate space for the delivery of the high school program for students currently enrolled in District middle schools.