Wissahickon Native Plans to Preserve the Benjamin Kenworthy House

New owner Roger Ross might even raise his family in the Victorian at 365 Green Lane.

365 Green Lane, via Google Street View

365 Green Lane, via Google Street View

Here’s some good news on the preservations front as we head into 2015. Newsworks reports that Roger Ross, a 34 year-old Wissahickon native and Roxborough resident, has purchased the Benjamin Kenworthy House at 365 Green Lane– a property seen as the gateway between Manayunk and Roxborough.

It’s significant because the previous owner, Todd Joseph, was locked in a battle with nearby residents over plans to tear down the home in favor of eight units. Basically, neighbors didn’t want this  property to go the way of the historic Bunting House, which is currently a vacant lot but could’ve very well been turned into a Wendy’s.

Having rehabbed and sold 20 houses in the area since 2010, Ross told Newsworks that his initial plans would be to preserve the home and turn it into a “great house” where he could reside with his family.

• Neighbors win battle with developer over historic Roxborough property [Newsworks]