RADNOR – The Haverford School has finalized an agreement with Gemma Services to purchase the 43-acre site in Radnor for $19.88 million.
The 10-building, 43-acre campus at 452 South Roberts Road was formerly used as the Presbyterian Children’s Village and was later renamed the Village before becoming Gemma Services.
Most of The Haverford School’s existing 30-acre campus sits along Lancaster Avenue in Lower Merion Township, with a small section in the rear of the campus located in Haverford Township.
The 10-building, 43-acre campus is at 452 South Roberts Road. The purchase more than doubles The Haverford School’s current 30-acre size.
“The Haverford School purchased a parcel of land on South Roberts Road in Radnor Township. The School has no finalized use for the property at this time. The School will be engaging various constituents in determining the land’s use, which will be shared broadly in due course,” a spokesman for The Haverford School said this week.
In March, Kristen EM Gay, president and CEO of Gemma services, announced they had reached an agreement with The Haverford School for the sale of the property.
“Gemma has a long history of serving families in the Philadelphia region, and we’re thrilled The Haverford School will continue our legacy of providing educational opportunities to youth,” said Kristen Gay, president and CEO of Gemma Services. “The transaction coincides with the beginning of our organization’s strategic planning process and will allow us the opportunity to be bold, innovative, and ambitious in identifying new approaches to serve even more at-risk youth and families.”
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors brokered the sale.
David England represented Gemma Services with the Wayne-Devon office of BHHS Fox & Roach.
“This was an incredible opportunity for a local organization to secure a significant amount of acreage in one of the region’s most sought after zip codes. After a competitive bidding process with over a dozen offers, we were thrilled to play a role in connecting two highly-renowned, local organizations and look forward to seeing what both Gemma and The Haverford School achieve in their exciting next chapters,” said David England , sales professional with BHHS Fox & Roach.
The sale officially closed on June 29. The Haverford School is an independent day school serving boys in pre-k through 12th grade.
In 1960, Samuel Robinson, co-founder of Acme Markets and his wife, Mary Park Hill, a long-term member of the Presbyterian Children’s Village board, donated the campus, formerly known as the Glencoe Estate, to the organization.
Today, the property is home to 10 buildings. Those buildings include the Glencoe mansion, built in 1907 and named Robinson Hall and home to offices. There is also a Youth Cultural Center, which includes classrooms, a gym, cafeteria, religious center, offices, and maintenance area; the carriage house, a residence with apartments, offices, and maintenance area. There are also six cottages used as dormitories and a caretaker’s home. Playing fields are also located on the northwest side of the property.
Gemma Services was formed in 2019 through the merger of the Village and Silver Springs – Martin Luther School, two Philadelphia-area nonprofits founded in the 1800s as orphanages. Today Gemma serves more than 3,000 youth and families each year through behavioral health, special education, child welfare, and prevention services.