Implementation — How we Appreciate

Promote adaptive reuse and compatible development

Examples of Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive reuse in a context sensitive manner positively impacts the economy and community.

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Adaptive reuse of this barn in Pennsbury Township created an economic development opportunity that is in keeping with the context of the landscape.

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This industrial building complex in West Chester offered a unique setting for new residential units that are close to jobs, community facilities, and amenities.

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Repurposing a historic resource in the village of Unionville created an opportunity for a new business as well as a community gathering space.

Promote adaptive reuse and compatible development in historic areas to preserve their vitality and diversity while respecting their historic sense of place.


Adaptive reuse and compatible development or redevelopment in the county's historic open space, villages, towns, hamlets, and city is critical to preserving Chester County's unique features and maintaining economic vitality.


Developing historic resource design standards for the distinctive landscapes in the county, developing historic resource zoning provisions, and providing case studies to reference best practices are separate but related activities that would advance this recommendation. National Register listing can also advance adaptive reuse, as listed properties are eligible for federal and state tax incentives for historic rehabilitation. Together these activities provide overall guidance and incentives that can be modified to suit specific communities and their resources. The Chester County Planning Commission would lead this effort in coordination with municipalities and other partners.

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Adaptive reuse of this barn in West Whiteland Township preserved a local landmark and provides a sense of place within new development.