MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, PA – A decade after the Franklin Mint closed, its round museum building still sits vacant along busy Baltimore Pike in Delaware County.
Development of the prominent property has been plagued by opposition from residents, a slow economy, and – most recently – a legal battle among the developers.
But the plan took a step forward this week when a revised zoning ordinance won approval from the Middletown Township Council. The site, with more than 170 acres, could now have 350 townhouses, offices, retail space, and a hotel.
Its completion could take years. By that time, the site could become just one piece in a transformation of the heavily traveled Route 1 through Middletown.