Industry Continues To Increase In Chester Township
Photos of City Officials, Industry and New Housing Within Chester TownshipClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 hard work 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 includes 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 exists 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 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, desire 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 have been completed in the township. Tamika Westby, 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 deterioration of such promising projects for the future of industry and housing in Chester Township, Pennsylvania.
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