Small businesses are critical to the structure of the borough, but a quiet couple of years have leaders rethinking what the future should look like. Local business owners weigh in on closing Gay Street permanently and the Business Improvement District looks to explore new events. Residents share (some pretty amazing) ideas. Plus, holiday activities are on in full force. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
Last month West Chester Business Improvement District Executive Director John O’Brien shared feedback from its members on the Gay Street closure to the Borough Council Public Safety Committee. The topic at stake – what should the future of Gay Street look like?
It’s official. Your cost to live here just went up and no, this time it’s not inflation. It’s another tax increase. Also, the Borough backs away from getting financial advice from residents. While the Financial Ad Hoc Committee was credited with some innovative ideas, it was ended just as they turned up a suspicious $2.7 million withdrawal from the Wastewater treatment plant. Plus, the latest details on West Chester’s new hotel.
West Chester resident Ashley Quin’s German Australian Shepherd was allergic to everything. “I had to stop giving him dog food and treats all together and start making him grilled chicken and rice from scratch.” All that time in the kitchen led to a revelation: what if there was a dog treat made from ingredients owners could easily identify? This is how Ashley turned a hassle into a business opportunity.
Happy Friday. Borough Council discusses changes to bulk trash pickup. Under the proposal large items would cost you, smaller items not so much. Also, a look at COVID numbers in the County as the last demographic braves their vaccination shots, a slew of break ins this week left a multitude of cars damaged and the perfect late fall cocktail. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
Since word spread the Christmas parade would be cancelled again this year, there have been a lot of questions about what would replace it. How would the kids of the borough see Santa? What would happen to downtown businesses without their signature event? Well, don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to see Santa. As well as just about anything else you can think of that says, the “holidays are here!”
Oh man, what a week. Two West Chester police officers (and the borough) are being sued for using excessive force during a 2019 arrest outside of Barnaby’s, the borough’s curbside compost program ends before it can begin and Everhart Park has a new playground. Plus, is someone finally going to do something about the post office? And oh yea, we have a new mayor. Welcome to November. Let’s catch up.
Don’t forget – next Tuesday is a big election. Yes, if you live in West Chester, big. We have a packed local ticket: mayor, four borough council seats and our representative on the West Chester Area School Board. These positions carry a lot of influence on local discussions and that influence hits awfully close to home. Let’s take a look at who wants to run this town.
It’s October in the borough and Halloween is everywhere. Plus, West Chester has found itself in possession of some unexpected savings. What will the borough do with the money? See their options. West Chester institutes a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees, and can the borough get West Chester University to pick up the tab for Homecoming? Well, they can try. Let’s catch up.
West Chester gets set to pass an update to its zoning code, but what will it do with breweries, wineries and distilleries? First idea was to stick them way outside of downtown. See where things stand now. Plus, convenience shopping gets a little less convenient as we get ready to say goodbye to a longstanding retailer and how many people were arrested during West Chester University homecoming? Come on, you know you’re curious. Fall is here. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.