Morning Headlines: Church to Condo Conversion in Narberth

The Narberth Planning Commission gave the thumbs up.

Side view screenshot via Google Street View.

Side view screenshot via Google Street View.

The proposed adaptive reuse of St. Margaret’s Church, also known as the Gleason Center, made headway this past Wednesday after the Narberth Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for the project.

Developer Ted Moser plans to convert the church to a condo with four two-bedroom units and underground garage with eight parking spaces, while making minimal changes to the building’s exterior. However, certain conditions must be met before the conversion can go through, according to the Main Line Times:

One condition of approval is the placement of a conservation or façade easement “to guarantee the permanent protection of the design integrity” of such buildings that contribute to Narberth’s architectural character.

One concern relating to this condition involved the garage entrance facing Forrest Avenue. Moser said he had considered alternate entrances, but they would not be possible.

The next hearing will be March 10, before Borough Council.

Narberth’s Gleason Center conversion moving forward with an eye on preservation [Main Line Times]

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