Damage at Don Guanella Village was not the vandalism originally suspected, but the result of police training, according to Marple Chief Tom Murray.
The destruction was of concern to members of Save Marple Greenspace, who showed photos of the broken windows to Marple commissioners during their June meeting. The following day, however, Murray confirmed the smashed panes were caused by department training.
The 213-acre property, bordered by Sproul and Reed roads, is owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which reached an agreement of sale last year with Goodman Properties. The Jenkintown-based company has filed applications and supporting documents for rezoning and zoning text amendments and preliminary subdivision and land development to build approximately 175 homes and nearly one million square feet of retail and office space and provide recreational space.
The closing date was originally in early June, but the Archdiocese recently approved an amendment to the agreement of sale moving it to June 30.