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HISTORIC BUILDING SALES UPDATE

DANNENBERG HOUSE READY FOR SALE

The Dannenberg house is being sold at public auction. Interested parties should note the following dates:

Mandatory Pre-bid Meeting: Thursday, September 28, 2000 @ 10:00 am, Upper Dublin Township Building

Bids Due: Friday, October 6th by 11:00 am

Copies of the RFP, sitemap and easement documents can be obtained by calling the township manager's office at 215-643-1600 x. 218/220

More Information

Mary Lou McFarland, Conservancy President, has been instrumental in the proposed subdivision and sale of the historic Dannenberg House. The house is located on approximately 2.3 acres. Dr. Arthur Dannenberg donated the property to Upper Dublin Township with the provision that the house and 9.5 acres be open-to the public. The township found that over the years it had become increasingly difficult to take care of the house. The surrounding open space was also underutilized.

In September 1996, following an unprecedented flood, the Conservancy began to work with the township to find a use for the house. A committee of preservation professionals was formed to help with the task. When a public use could not be found, the idea to subdivide and sell was proposed and approved by the township.

Due to a trust agreement that was left with the property, Orphans Court approval was required. Judge Ott approved the Cy Pres petition on May 22, 2000. Following the hearing, he commended all parties involved for working together to present the petition.

Bid packages are now being issued to potential buyers. Conservation and facade easements will be held by the Conservancy and will prevent the demolition of the house and the construction of any additional houses on the property. The remaining 7.2 acres will continue to be owned and maintained as passive recreation by the township. A small parking area and trail will be constructed near the Sandy Run Creek, which flows through the property.

The house was built in three sections, the earliest dating approximately to the early 18th century. It contains:

1st floor: living room, dining room, kitchen;
2nd floor: three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms;
3rd floor: large open room with bath.

If you are interested (or you know someone who is), please call CMC at 215-283-0383, email cmcpreserve@hotmail.com, or fill in the form below:

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Please give a brief description of your intentions.

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Thank you.

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