WSFS Bank intends to purchase the closed Getty Station and adjacent gift shop on the southeast corner of Foulk and Silverside Roads in order to construct what they describe as their “flagship branch”. Construction is intended to start in the Spring followed by a Fall opening. The property has the requisite commercial zoning. When I was contacted by bank representative Jeff Bross of Duffield Associates, I requested two meetings with WSFS Bank representatives with the immediate neighbors in order to seek community input and to learn about the new branch bank. Nearby residents and I met with bank representatives, including Jeff Bross of Duffield Associates, Lisa Brubaker, WSFS Bank Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Administration and developer Robert Wittig, on 11/2/09 and 11/30/09. WSFS will be seeking approval for two variances from the New Castle County Board of Adjustment on December 17 at its 6 PM regularly scheduled hearing. The requests sought are: (1) a setback dimensional variance for the rear buffer yard from 30 feet to 20 feet, and (2) two monument signs one foot from the right of way to replace the current grandfathered high pylon sign. The immediate neighbors have agreed in principle to support the variances in exchange for concessions regarding selecting a perimeter fence and other plan modifications. DNREC is working with Getty on “Brownfield” remediation.
For details, please contact Jeffrey M. Bross of Duffield Associates, Inc. phone: (302) 239-6634 or my aide Lou Hinkle at 395-8362.