Developments move forward in West Chester despite the pandemic

Posted at 6:12 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 07:20:03-04

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — While some areas are slowing business development down, some developments in West Chester have continued to push forward during the last few months.

"I can assure you that business has not stopped," Aaron Wiegand, the director of community development in West Chester, said. "The permit load that we're seeing here in West Chester indicates that there certainly still is investment happening."

Wiegand said a lot of the development is coming in the shape of large warehouses in the township. Initially, officials expected most of the development to be completed by 2026, but now, over one-million square feet of warehouse space is expected to open by the end of 2020, and most of the other developments will be finished by the middle of 2021.

One of the larger developments in the area is the West Chester World Trade Center at the corner of Union Centre Boulevard and State Route 747.

Some tenants of the center are using their space for distribution, but others are using their space for robotics and automation manufacturing.

"GE Additive is a major tenant for West Chester," Wiegand said. "Talking about the new technologies of the future moving in right here in West Chester. In fact it is now their global hub for additive manufacturing, replacing Pittsburgh with the new growth that they've had here."