St. Charles Project
The historic campus of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will become a community resource with open spaces, amenities, housing, senior living and healthcare services on site.
Main Line Health, a premier provider of health care in the Philadelphia region, purchased the property from the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2019. Our proposed plans will transform the 72-acre property into a Health and Wellness Village in phases.
Main Line Health recognizes that the future of health care is transformative and technologically advanced. New space provides new opportunities for the future of medicine. We believe the Health and Wellness Village concept is best suited to provide Lower Merion and the surrounding region with exceptional care, promoting longer, healthier lives for decades to come.
We encourage you to explore this site and learn more about our plans. Community input is desired —Main Line Health’s mission is to meet the health care needs of the communities we serve and improve quality of life for all people.
A Health and Wellness Village is a community, affiliated and integrated with a health system, that infuses wellbeing into every use within the property.
By creating a space that fosters healthy lifestyles, we can reduce the risk of some of the most preventable chronic diseases and expand the quality care we offer to the community. Unlike a typical mixed-use development, a Health and Wellness Village is thoughtfully designed incorporating the expertise of health care professionals. The village design merges health care spaces such as doctors' offices and labs, with a variety of residential options, amenities, services and resources centered on the health and vibrancy of residents and neighbors.
Much of what makes the St. Charles campus unique is its historic character and views. Main Line Health is committed to preserving the iconic architecture and views of the campus from Wynnewood Road. The health and wellness village concept plan is guided by principles centering on healthy living for future generations, while protecting the historic character of the property. Learn more about the campus’ long-standing history in the Lower Merion Community.
For decades St. Charles has been a closed campus, accessible only to students, staff and invited visitors to the seminary. Main Line Health wants the community to have access to this beautiful resource. The renowned and historic St. Charles Seminary Campus buildings will be preserved while adaptively transitioning the property into a Health and Wellness Village nestled to help serve the health needs of the Lower Merion community.
Proposed plans include enhanced pedestrian connection throughout the entire campus and to the Overbrook train station, to help promote walking and mass transit use.
This Health and Wellness Village goes beyond physical wellness — it extends into multiple dimensions of wellness to create a community committed to holistic wellbeing. Housing paired with integrative health and well-being programs along with active lifestyle activities can allow members of the community to age in place and stay well connected.
Core to the development of this space is the long-term sustainability and viability of the location. That includes best-in-class practices to rehabilitate, upgrade, and repurpose existing buildings. It will serve as a model for land use and land protection, water management and efficiency, energy conservation and building resiliency.
Main Line Health recognizes the value of this natural beauty and plans to preserve as much of it as possible. In fact, 70% of the existing green space is slated to remain undeveloped.
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