Union League to present master plan for Lafayette Hill club to Whitemarsh’s Planning Commission on January 25th

In February of 2021, MoreThanTheCurve.com reported that the Union League was acquiring the CHUBB Hotel & Conference Center and The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill. The organization branded the facility Union League Liberty Hill.

In the 2021 announcement about the acquisition to its membership, the Union League described the reasons behind the purchase:

Union League Liberty Hill will enhance and expand the already amazing array of amenities and experiences that are available to us as Union League members. As I mentioned at the Annual Meeting, if we saw the opportunity to pursue one or more acquisitions in a way that was prudent, that would not jeopardize the overall financial health of the Union League and wouldn’t change by one day, or one dollar, the master plan for the renovation of the main house that President Davidson laid out for us last fall, we would seize those opportunities. Well, we have. The Union League of Philadelphia has purchased the facility known as the ACE Golf Course and Conference Center from the CHUBB Insurance Company. The property has been renamed Union League Liberty Hill to reflect not only our patriotic history and values, but also the fact that the ground was the site of a Revolutionary War battlefield.”

In a video that accompanied the announcement, upgrades to the property that were being explored were an aquatic center (indoor/outdoor pools, water park, fast-casual restaurant), an equestrian center with a stable, racquet sports (tennis, paddleball, pickleball), and a spa.

The public will have the first opportunity to learn about the master plan for the facility on Tuesday, January 25th during a meeting of Whitemarsh Township’s Planning Commission.

Included with the agenda for the Planning Commission there is an explanation from the township’s zoning officer on what the Union League will present during the January 25th meeting:

The second agenda item is SLD #2-22, the Master Plan for the Union League at Liberty Hill. There is no formal application. Union League would like to inform the Commission on their plans and obtain feedback and comments. This is the property formerly known as the Chubb Hotel and Conference Center and the Ace Club (golf course). In early 2021, the Union League purchase the entirety of these properties A short PowerPoint [starting page 56 of agenda] which will be discussed at the meeting is included in your packet.

The presentation mentioned is just eight pages long (including a cover) and only outlines changes to the gatehouse, a restaurant, signage, and cosmetic changes to the lobby and lodge. None of the recreation-focused improvements previously explored are mentioned (they could be doing the plan in phases).

The January 25th meeting is at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the township building and available on Zoom (details on the first page of the agenda).