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Visions for Vacancies: Gables Greenhouse

What would you like to see at the corner of Warren and Second avenues?

There's buzz that the former Gables Greenhouse property has been sold, following the , last summer.  

What would you like to see take Gables' place at the corner of Warren and Second avenues? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Gables was a Malvern institution founded in 1942 by Art's parents. Even after the greenhouse side of the business closed, the business continued as a toy store and bike shop through 2011.

See also:

Blotter: Theft from Gables After Owner's Death

Visions For Vacancies: The Importer

Visions For Vacancies: Zoup in Frazer

BillJ January 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM
open field
BillJ January 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Grass
Cecelia Oswald January 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Malvern Borough has already received a subdivision / land development plan for this lot from TAG Builders. The preliminary plan will be reviewed by the Malvern Planning Commission at their meeting in Borough Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 17th. The Plan consists of building 5 new homes -- two homes facing Warren Avenue, and 3 fronting Second Avenue. Due to traffic concerns expressed by residents earlier in 2012, no driveways are proposed for Warren Avenue.
Amy Finkbiner January 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Thanks, Cecelia! You mean Thursday, JANUARY 17th, though, i.e. two days from now.
Kristin Thomas January 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM
I was going to say a decent Mexican restaurant with outdoor seating, but more homes sounds nice too. As long as they actually leave space for a yard.
Margarete January 15, 2013 at 01:11 PM
A little convenience store would be nice.
Cecelia Oswald January 15, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Thanks for the correction Amy --The public meeting regarding the Gables property is JANUARY 17. I must have St. Patrick's Day festivities on my mind.
Regina DiLabbio Klugh King January 15, 2013 at 01:46 PM
OMG! FIVE new homes in that tiny space? Has Malvern gone mad??? Just look what they squeezed on at Griffith & King and down Bridge Street around to Old Lancaster Avenue. I'm surprised no one wants more storage boxes! These are storage boxes for people!! I know. I know. More people, more taxpayers, but less the Malvern of my youth. My siblings and I often discuss how everybody had nothing together and what a wonderful existence it was. Where everybody knows your name.......... Now it is becoming the land of the noveau riche`. And the disparity is deafening! From your favorite cranky old Malvern conceived and born curmudgeon on a gray Tuesday morning with love!!!
Pete Kennedy (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Thanks, Cecilia and Amy, for the information.
Geoeray January 15, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Storage, Starbucks, Pizza, and a Animal clinic, all with free wifi.
Bob Bressi January 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Anything but another BANK. How about a PAWN SHOP for those of us who have very little money but a lot of JUNK. Total banks in the E. Whiteland area, 20 at last count. Total Pawn Shops, ZERO. This could be a great business opportunity. Anyway, thats my opinion.
Tom Fox January 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM
A home that incorporates the old building would be nice... just for the visual effect, and maybe the old building could be researched as it is so close to the Paoli Massacre site; two homes at most. I agree the the sarcasm in the above comments. I've heard them before and not just from my wife. Developers rule.
MG January 16, 2013 at 04:44 PM
If it is homes, I hope they fit in with the area. 5 is way too many for that space. A nice midpriced restaurant with some outdoor seating and is NOT italian would be a welcome change.
Geoeray January 16, 2013 at 06:34 PM
The pawn shop is a good idea. Lots of good junk in the old homes around here. I thought the new thing was to build close enough to each other to be able to shake hands between houses as the new homes on King Street can do. Once one variance is given, the door is open for others. Or just attach them together, twins, a Malvern favorite. It looks like TAG Builders is already started with their plan. As long as it is an "as of right use" you will have to like what they build. If they are after a variance, you need a good argument as to why that should not be given. If it is a variance that is the same as one the borough has given to someone previously you need a better argument.
Danielle January 17, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Hey let's think about this 5 homes 2 facing warren . No driveways on Warren? Are u kidding me? We already have problem on 2nd with the people figuring out cut thru on 2nd before Mr khans apts go up! Spread the word go to the meeting exit on Warren not on 2nd. That means 5X 2.5 cars= traffic trouble . Right now we residents of 2nd can't get the police to use speeding gun on 2nd cause of the width and size of road. We have chased Villa parents to Villa to point out its not the Indy. This is a pathway for seniors to walk and dog walkers. We have changes census to a younger age. People walk their new baby's on 2nd! Tell your neighbors this is the second time TAG asked for leeway for number of units and to the best of my knowledge turned down by borough. Build 2 lg houses that exit on warren or thru muni park lot I to first. We also have a special needs child that works out in his wheelchair on 2nd. Come on show up and raise your voices neighbors!!!
Chris January 17, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Amen Danny.
area man January 17, 2013 at 05:35 AM
I'll add my Amen to your Amen Chris. Thanks for speaking up Danielle.
Nabob January 21, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Yo Regina, how's this one? Gables has been a hellish eyesore for waaay too many years. Falling down greenhouse, abandoned greenhouse. That incredible pile of plastic junk littering Warren Avenue. For years the Borough selectively harangued and tortured certain businesses and property owners with legal action on zoning violations, particularly for non-permitted/illegal ancillary uses. Art's bicycle repair business once housed into the garage suddenly legally morphed into an outdoor toymart. Borough gave him a free pass yet incredibly the back entrance into town RIGHT IN FRONT OF BOROUGH HALL was a used toy junk yard. It was an incredible tacky eyesore for a main entrance to bucolic Malvern. Hey, I knew Art. Great guy but that place was a falling down eyesore. Nouveau riche is far preferable to old junk yard any time in Malvern's book.

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