The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, who own the property and had recently run St. Mary’s Villa, want to sell their remaining 45 acres including the splendid residence, carriage house, gatehouses and garden monuments of the Lindenwold Estate that was once home to Dr. Richard Mattison. The Villa program for children is leaving and the Sisters of the Holy Family have been approached by a developer who wants to build an overly dense mixed housing development on this very precious, historical 45 acre open space gem in Upper Dublin. At this time the developers have requested code amendments to permit the construction of 378 housing units on the site.
We petition the Upper Dublin Township Board of Commissioners to maintain as open space and preserve the historical buildings of the Lindenwold Estate, currently known as the St. Mary’s Villa. The castle, carriage houses, gatehouses and romantic Victorian landscape are a public treasure and must not be lost to hasty, permanent over-development.
In 2008 Upper Dublin residents resoundingly voted Yes (67%) on the referendum to acquire/preserve open space. We appreciate and desire to preserve open space in our heavily built-out township. We urge the Board of Commissioners to pursue acquiring St. Mary’s Villa, one of the last large tracts in the township, and dedicating it to open space.
The residents of Upper Dublin and the Board have come together to support open space and this unique historic property. Please support this petition and circulate it to your friends and neighbors in Upper Dublin who, like you, want to see Upper Dublin continue to stay out front on the issues of land conservation and historic preservation.