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Hannum is looking to move – Chadds Ford Live

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Hannum’s Harley Davidson wants to rev its engine, leave two locations, and head towards Concord Township. But that’s up to the Concord Township Council to decide, and even if that happens, it could take a few years.

Tommy Hannum and land use lawyer John Jaros told Council members on Tuesday evening that the desired move was part of a company-wide decision to consolidate and reduce the number of Harley dealerships in the country. Hannum said the company has already reduced the number of dealerships from 700 to less than 600.

Hannum wants to move their Middletown and Chadds Ford locations into one on the Conchester Freeway, just south of Route 1. They have chosen the site but need a rezoning.

Jaros said Hannum’s controls a 5.5-acre property on the northeast side of Route 322 across from downtown Concordville. Concordville Tire and Service is just across the street. But the site is currently zoned R-2.

“But we adjoin the C-2 business and commercial district to the north. Hannum’s proposes the construction of a Harley Davidson motorcycle dealership on the property consisting of a 35,000 square foot building footprint to include a 15,000 square foot mezzanine…”

He added that a current building on the property would remain and be used for administrative purposes. He also showed a concept plan of the site which he says is only conceptual and does not represent a properly designed plan. The zoning change must happen first, otherwise the plan cannot go forward.

Jaros said township code allows motorcycle sales agencies by special exception in District C-2, but the proposed use of the project is not permitted in District R-2.

“Therefore, we are asking the township to consider rezoning this property and the adjoining property to our south…to C-2 Planned Business and Commercial District, which currently sits just to our north. I believe the township has been thinking about this for some time,” Jaros said.

He said rezoning the property “is certainly not the end of the process. The proposed use is permitted, as I said, by a special exception in District C-2 and that would involve an application and a hearing before the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board for the proposed use.If this application were approved with terms acceptable to the applicant, it would then proceed to a fully designed land development plan application for review by your planning committee and then before you for approval.

Hannum said the idea was to consolidate his two Delaware County dealerships under one roof as part of Harley Davidson‘s plan. Several other Harley dealerships in the area closed, but the company chose Hannum’s to stay. “But we need to upgrade our facilities and build a new facility. So we would be the flagship store for their new facility rollout. It’s nationwide.

Asked by council member John Crossan, Hannum said his dealership would have gone into a “bad ranking” with Harley Davidson if the dealership hadn’t honed in on that particular property.

Hannum added that his dealership, originally founded by his father and grandfather, is now in its 68and year and he wants to be able to open the new facility for his 70andbirthday. As well as being a sales and service store, it would also include vintage bikes for display. The dealer acquired vintage bikes from other dealers. Some bikes are over 100 years old.

“We would have the opportunity on our second floor to have the finest Harley museum on the east coast,” he said.

Council Chairman Dominic Pileggi called the property an “orphan piece” of the zoning puzzle along this stretch of Route 322, given that other properties are zoned for business and commercial purposes.

“I think the Council will have to talk about it and talk to you about it,” Pileggi said.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has reported on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001, when he became founding editor of the Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009, he became editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.


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