D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc. was contracted by Francis Iacobucci Properties, LLC to provide civil engineering services for this residential project in the heart of West Chester Borough. The project is for the construction of 5 single-family attached luxury carriage homes on a site that was formerly the residence of Claude Raines located at 400 South Church Street. D. L. Howell worked closely with Fran Iacobucci and his professional design team including; Frone Crawford, legal counselor, and Tom Bello, architect, to refine the site layout and architectural renderings after review and approval from the Planning Commission and Borough Council. The project started with involvement from the neighborhood association who reviewed the conceptual design.

The neighbors’ concerns promoted the development of a façade easement to protect the existing manor home. The new development focused on preservation of some existing features including; a stone retaining wall, brick sidewalks, and gated entry. These were used to create an entry into a central courtyard between the existing manor home and new carriage homes. The overall project resulted in a total of 5 new units with 2-car garages, and private driveway access to South Church Street. The existing manor home is also included and has a 2-car garage with access onto Dean Street. The entire community is furnished with extensive landscaping and privacy fence along the perimeter. It is also connected to public utilities and has a large underground stormwater infiltration and detention facility.

400 South Church Street West Chester PA

Construction for the project started in December of 2017 and is expected for completion by December of 2018. D.L. Howell is privileged to be considered as part of the design team with Francis Iacobucci Properties, LLC and looks forward to another successful project.


Renderings provided by Orsatti & Stuart Associates.
Orsatti Stuart Associates