St. Charles Project
We envision creating a world-class health and wellness village deeply rooted in sustainable principles and healthy living. We are guided by the following principles which will be expressed in facets of the project over time.
Provide Exceptional and Innovative Care
Main Line Health has been deeply-rooted in the community for more than a century, providing high-quality care to the Lower Merion Township and surrounding communities.
Located steps away from Lankenau Medical Center, expanding services onto the St. Charles campus is the perfect setting to enhance the compassionate care provided by the hospital’s talented and dedicated clinicians and staff.
This development will not only enhance the connection to care for a growing population of older adults seeking a healthy environment to live, but to strengthen Main Line Health’s ability to continue to attract exceptional clinical team members.
Respect the Iconic Architecture
One of the many aspects of what makes St. Charles an iconic landmark is its architecture, established in the late 1860s.
Over time, the site has suffered from years of deferred maintenance. As we look to thoughtfully revitalize this site, we intend to carefully respect its existing architecture and beauty by retaining as many of the significant historic resources as possible through adaptive reuse of the space. Through this modernization, we can open the site so that our community members can experience its beauty like never before.
Once developed, community members will have access to the property including open spaces, walkways and viewsheds which enhance the existing historic buildings and beauty of the site.
Much of what makes the St. Charles campus iconic and unique is its landscape character and views, particularly toward the great lawn from Wynnewood.
The topography of the site is a great asset in creating a campus of interest and possibility. With a 75 foot grade difference between the Wynnewood and Lancaster sides of the campus, there is an opportunity to create unique site features and nestle new buildings into the dynamic topography – maintaining key aspects of the site.
Promote Active Living
Never has it been more important to put health and wellness at the center of our lives.
By creating a space that fosters healthy lifestyles, we can reduce the risk of some of the most preventable chronic diseases such as: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis and bone fractures, hypertension, respiratory disease and stroke among others.
This Health and Wellness Village goes beyond physical wellness—it extends into multiple dimensions of wellness to create a community committed to holistic wellbeing.
Promoting active living is also critical to the older adult populations where social isolation is a key concern. A health and wellness village that pairs housing with integrative health and wellbeing programs, and active lifestyle activities can allow members of the community to age in place.
We see the St. Charles property as a gateway to the Lower Merion Township and we believe our thoughtful redevelopment of this property will complement the beauty of the township
By peeling back the barriers that have isolated St. Charles in the past, we will welcome community members into the property for not just the beauty of the campus but to provide real health benefits to the community at large. The site has the opportunity to connect to the neighborhood through pedestrian walkways, tap into existing infrastructures such as the SEPTA train transit and strengthen interactivity with Lankenau Medical Center. In total, our proposed plan includes a pedestrian bridge to connect the St. Charles campus to Lankenau Medical Center and dedicates 4.5 miles for pedestrian and bike paths that tap into the beauty and grandeur along the site.
Core to the development of this space is the long-term sustainability and viability of the location.
In addition to utilizing best-in-class practices to rehabilitate, upgrade, and repurpose existing Seminary buildings, the development will serve as a model for land use and land protection, water management and efficiency, energy conservation, and building resiliency.