Industry Continues To Increase In Chester Township

Photos of City Officials, Industry and New Housing Within Chester Township

The Welcome sign to the progressive city of Chester Township, located off 95 South pass Philadelphia International Airport..
The Welcome sign to the progressive city of Chester Township, located off 95 South pass Philadelphia International Airport..
Nathaniel Ellis and Stanley Kester, have served on Chester Township's Board for more than 30 years, as Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Nathaniel Ellis and Stanley Kester, have served on Chester Township's Board for more than 30 years, as Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Bobbie May, works diligently with major businesses such as Sun Center Studios.
Bobbie May, works diligently with major businesses such as Sun Center Studios.
Chief of Police Ken Coalson for Chester Township, Pa
Chief of Police Ken Coalson for Chester Township, Pa
Calvin Bernard, Code Enforcement Officer for Chester Township
Calvin Bernard, Code Enforcement Officer for Chester Township
Angelladywriter, interviews Bobbie May
Angelladywriter, interviews Bobbie May
Aerial shot of Sun Center Studios, located in Chester Township
Aerial shot of Sun Center Studios, located in Chester Township
Businesses within the Industrial Center of Chester Township, Pa.
Businesses within the Industrial Center of Chester Township, Pa.
Residents of the community practice basketball in the gymnasium of Robert C. Wilson Center
Residents of the community practice basketball in the gymnasium of Robert C. Wilson Center
Bill Kennard, Councilman of Chester Twp, Pa
Bill Kennard, Councilman of Chester Twp, Pa
Nathaniel Ellis, is Vice Chairman, Police Commissioner and owner of Boots and Bonnets, Inc., which has existed in Chester Township for more than 40 years.
Nathaniel Ellis, is Vice Chairman, Police Commissioner and owner of Boots and Bonnets, Inc., which has existed in Chester Township for more than 40 years.
Nate Ellis Drive, is located within the Fairgrounds where 1st phase of 72 units of beautiful newly constructed homes are located for low income residents.
Nate Ellis Drive, is located within the Fairgrounds where 1st phase of 72 units of beautiful newly constructed homes are located for low income residents.
 A second phase of 48 stunning units were also completed in 2009 for its residents.
A second phase of 48 stunning units were also completed in 2009 for its residents.
A third phase of 48 units for Senior Citizens was also completed April 1st, 2012.
A third phase of 48 units for Senior Citizens was also completed April 1st, 2012.
An activities room in the Community Center, located in the Fairgrounds of Chester Township.
An activities room in the Community Center, located in the Fairgrounds of Chester Township.
Computer center for Township residents, located at the Community Center.
Computer center for Township residents, located at the Community Center.
Playground at the Community Center in the Fairgrounds.
Playground at the Community Center in the Fairgrounds.
Front of Bridgeview Apartments at the  Fairgrounds for Senior Citizens.
Front of Bridgeview Apartments at the Fairgrounds for Senior Citizens.

Board Members Work Diligently For Their Residents

For more than thirty years Nathaniel Ellis and Stan Kester, have worked together as Board Members of Chester Township. In 1981, Bobbie May joined them, as a board member for the prolific growth of this demure area. With a decline of employment throughout the nation, these individuals along with other township officials, have surged ahead in their attempt to bring jobs and decent housing for their residents. This is a well oiled machine that continues to function by getting results. These officials have immersed themselves in long hours of discussions that sometimes escalate to disagreements but in the end, indisputable evidence is given for a job well done. Over the years, Nate, Stan and Bobbie, along with other township officials, served as friends who respected each other's opinions, although imperfect leaders within the community. "We are motivated to bring new businesses to Chester Township which create jobs. We don't have money problems and money from the taxpayers, is used to extend services to residents," explained Mr. Ellis. These officials work rigidly to adhere to a process that has worked for more than thirty years. Sometimes, their hardwork is even accredited to other townships because of business expansion and prosperity. (Unfortunately, we loss Nathaniel Ellis in death and he will be missed. We send our love and prayers to the family of Nate.)

A recent source of pride for Chester Township's officials is the Sun Center Studios, an eighty five million dollar, "first purpose-built, state-of-the-art film and television production studio." Jeffrey B. Rotwitt, owner and enthusiast said in PR Newswire, "Sun Center Studios promises to be a major attraction for the film and television industry, and for all of us who love the movies," He went on to explain how, "Sun Center Studios will generate hundreds of new and good-paying jobs in our region." Chief of Police, Ken Coalson mentioned that, "Will Smith and his son Jayden, were at the studios for two weeks or more, shooting a major motion picture." He went on to explain how the next phase of this facility will include "back-lot" streets, where visitors can tour and 3-D and 4-D movie theaters. Merritt Harmen, Fire Marshall for Chester Township, also expressed that Sun Center Studios, "Is great for the township and it will bring a lot of opportunities here." His job include regulation of any pyrotechnics based on the township's ordinances. Both officials expressed how a minimal amount of publicity is necessary for security purposes. Not only for the residents but also for clients and visitors of the studios.

Bobbie May, described how Chester Township's border originates at Bridgewater and Concord Road, where the welcome sign is prominently displayed. Upon your arrival into this promising area is Sun Center Studios, where tremendous possibilities are developing such as, "Construction on a county bridge that was possibly there during the Revolution, which was an artery to Chester City. This bridge will be replaced by Penndot, before the end of 2012." Mr. May, resonated with the hope that the studio will become a major tourist attraction, consisting of banquet facilities, a museum and streets like Disney, in Orlando, Florida. Residents will be able to see, how movies are created. There will be great potential for earned income tax revenue for the township. Tremendous potential also exist for residents within the township concerning a variety of jobs. Bobbie May, expressed again how, "There is a lot of earned income that will come into the township." He went on to explain that, "the Board is always looking, for new ways to fund earned income. We have a close proximity to I-95 and 476 which takes you to Pennsylvania Turnpike." Many businesses have been attracted through the I-95 Industrial Park which is "pretty much filled." Bobbie May mentioned how there was only about two more lots left for construction. "Chester Creek Business Center, has three buildings complete and they are doing a third building. There is one big field where a five story hotel will be built in the future." Local businesses will also benefit from the creation of jobs. As industry increases within the community, a job fair is one of the aspirations for the future, where people can be hired from the community. "Since 1981, I have been here trying to initiate a lot of projects." Bobbie May's, desirie is to serve the township and its residents.

Housing, is also another major feature of development within Chester Township. Nathaniel Ellis, has served as a major force on the Board for implementing various types of housing programs. He was honored by having a street named after him within the Fairground development, due to his constant efforts over the past twenty years as a board member for Delaware County Housing. Three different phases of new construction has been completed in the township. Tamika Westbey, Leasing Agent for the project, described them with the prospect of a fourth different phase that complemented the environment and presented low income housing for residents. The first phase consisted of seventy-two aesthetically constructed homes, as well as forty-eight additional low income homes for the second phase. Forty-eight apartment units were also created, for senior citizens as part of phase three. A fourth phase is being constructed which will consist of seventy-two additional units. The stunning appearance of the Fairgrounds, will continue to be maintained by township employees, along with certain policies, which create a nice environment for its residents. For additional information on rentals, contact Deidre McDonald, located at 2000 Tolston Street, Chester Township, Pa., or call 610-494-6690 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 610-494-6690 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Nathaniel Ellis, Stan Kester, Bobbie May, numerous officials and citizens of Chester Township, are endeavoring to create a well-favored environment that most people would not hesitate to call home. May each of them continue to work for the progression of the community, without selfish traits of greed that could cause deterioation of such promising projects for the future of industry and housing in Chester Township, Pennsylvania.


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