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Mercedes Benz looking at Chadds Ford

Mercedes Benz of West Chester is looking to move into Chadds Ford. The dealership is currently in Birmingham Township but is leasing the space and wants its own property. Lou Colagreco, the attorney representing the dealership, presented a tentative plan Wednesday night to the township Planning Commission about a site along Route 202 just south of Brinton’s Bridge ...

 
 

Kennett fires top cop

Kennett Township supervisors voted Wednesday to fire the township police chief, who was investigated by the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office for a sexual assault allegation but ultimately not charged, and who was the subject of an internal township investigation as a result. The supervisors also voted to make the police department’s second-in-command, Sgt. ...

 

Chadds Ford in brief

Chadds Ford Township Supervisors Wednesday night announced two appointments and a hearing for later this month. Current vacancy officer and former township secretary Gail Force was appointed as township treasurer at a rate of $21 per hour. Tammy Maciolek, the assistant to the manager, was named the emergency management coordinator at a rate of $2,500 per year in ...

 

Conflict and open space in Concord

On a night when Concord Township Council announced the acquisition of more land for open space, a former council member made not so veiled allegations of impropriety by the council’s president. Councilman John Crossan formally announced the township bought the Carilla property, a site of slightly more than two acres at 886 Naamans Creek Road. A development of four ...

 

Otto’s to go double-decker parking

Otto’s BMW in Birmingham Township wants to add a little more inventory parking and is planning to go double-decker. The dealership went before the township Board of Supervisors Monday night to get conditional use approval to install 19 double-decker parking units to take the place of 21 current employee parking spaces. Those spaces are against a retaining wall at the ...

 

New owners for Dilworthtown Inn

After almost a year, the Dilworthtown Inn has new owners. Frank Rupp, a member of the board of Chadds Ford Business Association, and his wife Susan made settlement earlier this month for the inn and sister properties, the Blue Pear Bistro and the Innkeeper’s Kitchen. The restaurants have been closed since the death of Jim Barnes in April of 2019. Who will eventually ...

 

A bouncing ball for Pulte Homes

An order by a Delaware County Common Pleas Court judge to overturn Concord Township’s denial of conditional use approval for Pulte Homes has been withdrawn. Pulte wants to construct a 257-unit residential community — with 254 townhomes and three single-family dwellings — on the Spring Lake Tract, east of Route 202 at the site of the old Chip & Putt course, behind ...

 

Kennett Twp. offers severance to three

Three more employees were let go in Kennett Township. It marks the second time in less than 48 hours that township Manager Eden Ratliff has announced staffing changes as part of the township’s ongoing restructuring effort. The restructuring of Kennett Township follows the discovery and subsequent investigation last year that former township Manager Lisa Moore ...

 

More changes in Kennett government

Kennett Township Manager Eden Ratliff on Monday addressed the absence of the township police chief and the restructuring of township staff. Chief Lydell Nolt is “part of an ongoing personnel investigation,” Ratliff said in an email to news outlets Monday afternoon. Ratliff also announced that three administrative employees were let go Friday as part of a ...

 

12,500 trees planted to improve water quality

Natural Lands announced a massive tree-planting effort was completed recently at the organization’s Bryn Coed Preserve in Chester Springs, Chester County. Twelve thousand five hundred native species have been planted along a 3.5-mile stretch of streams, creating more than 64 forested acres of riparian buffer. “It’s really quite remarkable how much of a positive ...

 

Kennett recoups $80K of $3.2 million

Kennett Township has recovered to date about $80,000 of the more than $3.2 million that was allegedly embezzled by the former township manager and has filed a claim on a $1 million surety bond that Lisa Moore had when she worked for the township. Both the recovery and the claim processes are in the early stages, current Township Manager Eden Ratliff said at ...