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Uptown Worthington: A List of What's Coming

The mixed-use development in East Whiteland will feature upscale restaurants, a luxury movie theater, omnipresent music and lots of outdoor dining, according to developer Brian O'Neill.

At a public hearing before the East Whiteland Board of Supervisors last Wednesday night, developer Brian O'Neill requested the township increase the maximum allowed height of principal structures in the Uptown Worthington develoment site.

The board eventually granted his request. During his presentation, O'Neill gave the board an update on what's planned for the development, which he said is gaining traction.

Here's a quick look at some of the things he mentioned:

  • An "authentic" theme—"We came out of a period in 2001 to 2006, where everything was euphoric, everything was Disneyesque. Today, the business community has taken a complete 180."
  • Businesses moving in—Orvis, REI, Wells Fargo, LG, LA Fitness, StarbucksRedstone Grill, "Stephen Starr restaurants," Bobby [Flay] Burger Palace, Chipotle, Yardhouse and Le Pain Quotidien.
  • 11 restaurants signed up so far—hitting all price points from Chipotle to a $200 white-tablecloth retaurant.
  • An "employee life center" on the roof, which was the reason for the height increase at issue in the public hearing. The idea is modeled after a New York City trend. "You take the penthouse, you make it 15-feet tall as opposed to 9-feet tall. You put outdoor balconies around the penthouse, and you put your conference rooms, coffee bar, fitness center ... up on that roof" to attract technology industry employees, O'Neill said.
  • Outdoor dining requirement—All restaurants have to provide outdoor dining. There will be about 400 outdoor dining seats throughout the site.
  • Movie theater—A 50,000-square-foot, digital theater featuring individual leather seating, drinks and food. 
  • The theater will have an outdoor screen for movie trailers, public announcements, the Super Bowl, the inaugural address and the New Year's Eve ball drop.
  • Fitness centers—A 2,000-square foot facility for the residents. A public facility will be open to the public, and featuring all kinds of fitness activities including karate, t'ai chi, yoga and spinning.  
  • A trail network will connect to the Chester Valley Trail, and sidewalks will be wide. 
  • Artistic bike racks will be featured throughout the streets. Garages will have bike rack clips, so bikes can be hung vertically on the wall while visitors shop or dine.
  • A stream is already open and running, and a lot of outdoor dining is on stream.  
  • Subtle music and wifi internet will be pumped throughout the entire facility. There will be a "beat on street at all times," O'Neill said.
  • All residential units will be apartments, though O'Neill said he hopes to some day convert them to condominiums.

The Board of Supevisors voted 2-0, with John Mott absent, to approve increasing the maximum height of principal structures at the location, to accomodate the rooftop "employee lifestyle center."

Board Chair Virginia McMichael had previously recused herself from voting on Uptown Worthington properties because her husband had been retained as legal counsel by the developers. After the meeting, she explained that she was participating in the discussions and votes again because her husband's work for O'Neill Properties has ended.

Pete Kennedy (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Thanks for sharing, Alex.
Tom Fox September 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM
The interchange at Rt. 29 and Rt. 30 will have to be updated to handle the volumn of new traffic, not to mention The PA turnpike traffic to the area. Also a turning lane at Rt 30 and Old Lincoln will need to be added. King and Warren will be at dead stop with all this new traffic, so new traffic patterns, maybe "one way" going north on N. Warren ave will have to be studied.
Tom Fox September 21, 2012 at 03:20 PM
also a "local traffic only" sign to turn onto Old Lancaster from Old Lincoln. Pete, Any chance of Terry Woodman, township manager from east whiteland reading any of this???
Tom Fox September 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Pete, Can you forward to Terry Woodman???
Marianne September 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Glad to see some more businesses coming in that will pay taxes to support Great Valley School District! No tax breaks, these businesses will make plenty of $ in the long run, and Great Valley has quite a few retired teachers' pension funds to pay!!
Felicia phoenix September 23, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Why wait to condo the units?
Pete Kennedy (Editor) September 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
The condo market is weak. The apartment market is strong. So I'm told.
Brendan Sharkey September 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Brilliant news. Can't wait for this next stage to be completed. It will be terrific to walk or hop on a bike to a small town area with lots to offer.
Tom Fox September 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Need to connect to more neighborhoods such as Warren village and Malvern Boro itself.
Jared September 25, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Eventually part of the patriots path is going to link Malvern borough with the Chester valley trail. Does anyone know a timeline for that? Also, as far as condo's go most potential condo buyers do not have 20% down and would need to use an FHA loan. Thus, the condo complex would have to be pre approved as FHA compliant. Most units are not. For example, Raintree is not FHA approved.
Jason September 25, 2012 at 10:48 PM
What a positive thing for a former industrial site, it takes a tremendous amount of vision and energy to put something like this together. A very good thing for the residents, and businesses of East Whiteland.
Jessica September 27, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I love this news, as well as all the developments that will be happening on East King Street. Now we just have to get Frazer looking better... that part of route 30 is a bummer!
Tom Fox September 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Jessica, Thank you. I agree. The supervisors could mandate a signage requirement. The EWT supervisors say at their meetings that they don't have to conform to their own laws, so they could override the signage laws to conform to some new standard instead of the hodgepodge we have... Is Grandfathering to old sign zoning set in law??? Somehow I doubt so... At one meeting a couple of years ago, Supervisor Virgnia McMichaels was surprised to learn that the movie theater on Rt 30 could not post movie times closer to their entrance. Now that makes sense considering the controlled, pleasant, well defined signage on Rt. 30!!!
Bob Logan September 30, 2012 at 04:20 PM
"the interchange @ rt 29 and 30 will have to be updated to handle trafic volume"...wasnt that project just completed? and I believe Mr Oneill funded a great deal of it
Bob Logan September 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
years ago Malvern Boro re-wrote their sign ordinance so all signs would have standard look and feel. If They can do it, EWT can do it
malvernite October 09, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Great restaurant called The Whip, so far...
Pete Kennedy (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Tom, Terry Woodman's response is below: "As for Worthington and the intersection of Rts. 29 & 30, PennDot has been very involved in the traffic analysis for this development and has required improvements from the developer. For instance, the improvements to the east side of Rt. 29 between Rt. 30 and Matthews Rd. (an additional lane was added that becomes the right hand turn lane to Matthews Rd.) were done by O’Neill back when the construction of the Target/Wegmans stores was started. And additional capacity was added to the southbound Rt. 29 left hand turning lanes onto Matthews Road. As a process, all large developments in EWT are required to produce a Traffic Impact Study (TIS) as part of their land development package. That TIS is reviewed by the Township’s Traffic Engineer and if it involves a State road, a copy is also provided to PaDot for their review and comment. The purpose of the study is to identify roadway capacity issues and have the developer mitigate the impact the additional traffic generated by their new development will have on the local roadway system. To his second point, a right hand turn lane from east bound Rt. 30 to Old Lincoln Hwy is scheduled to be constructed when a new office building is built on the corner of Old Lancaster, Old Lincoln and Rt. 30. A second traffic light is also planned for the intersection of Old Lancaster and Old Lincoln. The intersection of King and Warren is not in the Township so I can’t respond to that remark."
Pete Kennedy (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Also, Tom, I should point out that Ms. Woodman responded immediately. The delay in posting her response was my fault. I was hoping to post it with a link to a story about what's moving in at the intersection of Old Lincoln and Route 30, but I haven't written that story yet. (Nutshell version: It will be the corporate headquarters and showroom for a self-storage company.)
Tom Fox November 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
You all are right about the traffic. Add in the slip ramp and new building storage construction, King St., Etc., it's going to be impossible to navigate around here. I'm not moving, the school system is still one of the best in the state, thank you GVSD.
Tom Fox November 29, 2012 at 05:34 PM
To follow up with Alex's comments below, the EWT and Malvern fire and also the ambulance coverage is great. Cheers to the fire Co. Management and volunteers. Thank you.
Tom Fox November 29, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I guess you don't live within two miles of the project intersection.
Tom Fox November 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Pete, thank you for your followup with Ms. Woodman.
Tom Fox November 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Dream on Bob. LOL I hope they do soon too.
jferraro December 18, 2012 at 03:58 AM
they do not, Malvern fire compant (station 4) is the ladder truck for their local
Dale Nelson March 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Your worried about petty crime! get a lit already
whatwhat April 24, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Does anyone know what they have done about the cyanide and VOCs in the soil for the area? Or are planning to do?
Kristin Thomas June 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Is this Uptown Worthington plan still happening? I see no earth moving down there to make anyone believe that they plan to build anything at all. I hope it gets moving soon.
oldschool October 01, 2013 at 06:05 AM
this is over a year old , how about something current, hello
john October 23, 2013 at 08:45 AM
what is going on here? I was all excited and then I realized that this article is over a year old. Why is this being posted and re-run??

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