First, I want to point out that the following is
only theory, not fact. It is the course of
logic combining many facts, from extensive research
resulting in an obvious conclusion, but is not
substantiated by any confirmation from Nemours.
My contention is that Nemours wants
the one acre lot that the Murphy House sits on in
order to expand their "One and Two Rockland
Centers" next door into "Three Rockland Center",
i.e., to build another office building on the site
in the future and charge big rents to doctors who
would be happy to do so to have their offices at the
gates of a huge famous hospital. Nemours won't need
access to the lot because they already have
entrances to their parking lot which they will just
extend a few hundred feet to the left. As long
as the Murphy House stands, it is a hindrance to
this project, and pesky do-gooders may use the land
to park bikes, hike, sell coffee, jog, bike, and
other such public niceties that use up valuable
commercial real estate.
has stated that they have no plans to use the land
for anything other than a grassy lot. (listen
to their official statement) They say that they
want to use it to comply to the regulations for
"open space". But why should anyone believe
them? They already lied about preserving the
Murphy House. Here, read this: here's
deed for the property transfer to Nemours for
ten big ones ($10) and here's the
deed restrictions that went with it.
Now, years later, after letting the property
deteriorate they feel that they should tear the
house down and throw the agreement into the pile of
rubble after it.
Nemours wants to show the public that they are truly
a benevolent organization, they can preserve the
house, and still expand on the lot behind it.
The house sits on the very edge of the property.
It can share the parking lot with the expanded
office building and serve as an asset to the people
working there: as a coffee shop, and trail
head for the Greenways, a biking commuter station, a
bus stop, etc.
October 13, 2011