Crebilly Farm Update 9/19/19

Dear Friends,

To briefly recap a recent correspondence to you, you may recall Toll Brothers has submitted new plans for development of Crebilly Farm in addition to the current plans still in litigation.  I assume most of you are familiar with the movie ‘Groundhog Day.’  Well here we go.  The Crebilly II application is now underway.  Please mark your calendars for the first Westtown Township Planning Commission public meeting regarding the Crebilly II application:  MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH, 7:30PM at Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA  19382.  To be clear, we are still waiting for the Judges’ decision regarding the original application, Crebilly I.

Folks, this ain’t our first rodeo.  I equate our incredible community to ‘The Little Engine That Could.’  We need to remain optimistic and continue to work hard, together, by showing up and sending the message that we care; we will not lay down; we are not going away.  I am going to draw upon what I wrote to you almost three years ago when the first Planning Commission meetings began for the original plans still in litigation.  There are 405 seats in Stetson’s auditorium.  We need bodies in the seats and we need to pack the house- again.  We must show up.  It does not matter whether you live in Westtown Township.  Bring a book, your laptop, deck of cards, kids if need be, water, granola bars- whatever you need to bring in order to be present.  If you cannot attend the entire meeting, that is fine.  Whatever time you can spare will be a positive contribution to something very important.

I use the word reasonable to measure many things in life.  Is something reasonable or unreasonable?  Development of a small city on Crebilly Farm and the destruction of the Revolutionary War view shed is anything but reasonable.  This is so much bigger than Westtown Township.  This is about preserving the integrity of our beloved Chester County and our national history and each of us doing what we can within our own sphere of influence.  We cannot give up.  We cannot let this go.  By showing up and being present we are taking action.  No matter what part you play, no part is too small.  We are going to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

If not you, then who?

Thank you, sincerely.
Mindy Rhodes

6 thoughts on “Crebilly Farm Update 9/19/19

  1. Dear Steve,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to do that. Yes, they are on the distribution list but would you mind forwarding to them anyway? I think it makes a good impression to see multiple messages of the same subject matter. Thank you, again.


  2. I admire the fact that residents are concerned over the loss of a beautiful and historic property. Furthermore, I greatly respect the civic action that is taking place. It is inspiring to see citizens band together and take action. I no longer live in or near Westtown so I am watching this from a distance. My one question is – What about the property owners? Are their rights being considered/protected in this campaign to preserve the property?


    1. Dear Mr. Genzano,
      Thank you for your attention to something so important. To answer your question, yes, the rights of the land owners are being considered. If you visit the home page of my website and scroll down below the video, I believe my words clearly describe my mission. It is my hope that the rights of the surrounding community and the consequences of such indepth destruction will also be considered.

      Mindy Rhodes


  3. We recently (June 20th 2019) moved here from California and after seeing the historic landmarks in and around this farm and area, I’m appalled at the notion of adding homes, streets, and supporting infrastructure that will destroy forever this important piece of American history. I’d love to attend, but I’m traveling on the 14th – I just heard that the meeting is on the 14th at Bayard Rustin High School. If that’s not correct, let me know. What are the chances of stopping this thing? Do you just need people to show up? If so, how many will make a difference?


    1. Dear Dave,
      I just posted an update and hope that helps clarify and answer some of your questions.
      The PC meeting is tomorrow night at Stetson Middle School, 7:30.
      Please reach out with any other questions.
      Mindy Rhodes


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