Housing for seniors proposed at former Chester College
Resident Peter Smith presented the detailed plans for the first time publicly that call for converting two dormitories to house 36 two- bedroom units for seniors. The plans were presented to the board as part of a conceptual discussion, and the board listened but took no action.
“This is really a project to try to encourage a kind of community development,” Smith said.
“It’s a long-term project,” Smith said after the meeting. “It’s not something that is going to happen in two to three years.”
About three dozen entities, including other colleges and religious organizations, have expressed interest in the property. It’s listed for approximately $2.5 million. said Chris Norwood of NAI. It was only this past spring when Smith became a potential buyer that the project began to move forward, he said.
The parcel could be used for a small retail space or possibly as an attorney’s or civil engineer’s office, he said.Previously, board members had taken a site walk of the property. Smith agreed to present the plans to give board members a better understanding of the overall project.
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