WEST CHESTER West Chester Borough Council has voted to purchase the Barclay Grounds, but volunteers must raise $1.2 million in grants and donations to see the park in the heart of the borough saved from development.
"The parties came together and agreed upon a structure for success," said resident John Cottage. "But success will only be secured when at the end of next year, we raise $1.2 million. Otherwise, the property does go back to the developer, and it will be developed."
The privately owned 1.3-acre tract, in front of an estate house formerly used as a Quaker home for the elderly, came under the threat of development last year when a company that had recently purchased the land proposed tearing down many of the 130-year-old trees and building four luxury homes.