Little Flower Manor Property Close to Becoming “Terminus” for Walking Trail

The mansion on the site will also be included in the sale.

Situated close to the 1200 block of Springfield Road in Delaware County, the parcel known as the Little Flower Manor property–so named for the nearby Little Flower nursing home– is a step closer to becoming what County Councilman John McBlain calls the “terminus” of the Darby Creek Greenway, according to the Daily Times’ Kristina Scala.

Settle down Walking Dead fans (eh, does anyone even still watch that?),  Scala notes McBlain’s wording is due to the Springfield Road site being expected to connect with the Darby walking trail system once additional funding is secured, some of which has been acquired after the Delaware County Council “approved the transfer of a $224,000 grant” that will go to preserving the property as an open space.

Scala reports the tract was originally slated for commercial development (a “BJ’s Wholesale Club and other retail outlets” were proposed a few years ago), but little to no support from residents, coupled with the greenway plan development made its preservation as an open space more enticing:

“It’s the opportunity for the county to really put together a green spine in a very developed region, but they had to keep acquiring land,” said Peter Williamson, Natural Lands Trust vice president of conservation services. “This parcel has been the focus of the county’s planning department’s interest for a long time.”

Funding for Little Flower Manor property nearly secured [Daily Times]