The vacant Wyeth Laboratories property will soon have a new purpose. The building, which has been empty for years, is being demolished. Penn Medicine purchased the property for $35 million in 2015 and plans to begin construction in late summer. They aim to have the new buildings occupied in spring 2020.
The 19-acre property, which lies at 145 King of Prussia Road, will soon be home to two parking garages, a hotel, an ambulatory care center, and an office building. One developer will build the hotel, one garage, and the office while another developer builds the second parking garage and the ambulatory care center.
These facilities will augment the existing Penn Medicine facilities at 250 King of Prussia Road, with Harding’s Run between the two properties.
The two parking garages will lie to the rear of the property near I-476. The ambulatory care center will be in the south while the hotel and office building will be on the northern end of the property.
Like with the Don Guanella property, local residents worry that this increased development will bring unwanted traffic to the area.
The Radnor Board of Commissioners meeting discussing these plants got quite heated. Ward 2 Commissioner, Richard Booker, has fought Penn Medicine plans to develop the Wyeth Laboratories property since their beginning. He raised questions about zoning, given the steep slope of areas of the property. Solicitor John Rice and Kevin Kochanski stated that the plans were approved in 2017. Booker continued to argue against the proposal up until voting against it.
In the end, the plan was approved with one vote against (Booker’s), and one commissioner abstaining. Demolition of the original building has already begun.