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Western View is a publication of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce Our Mission is to connect our members to new ideas, resources, and relationships to acheive their goals Our Vision is for a thriving region that is well connected, innovative, and accessible for community and business growth Our Goals are to promote the chamber as the leading resource for businesses and organizations in our community, to build regional cooperation to strengthen business retention, growth and revitalization, and to enhance value for members through education and events

Blue Moon Florist

Ami Trost (610) 873-7900 bluemoonflorist.com Blue Moon Florist is a full service florist in Downingtown. For 22 years, Blue Moon has upheld the standard of outstanding quality flowers and services.

Bright Spot Cafe

Shannon Brower (610) 458-7000 brightspotexton.com Bright Spot Cafe in Eagleview Town Center features locally sourced dairy and meats, bringing the best of Chester and Lancaster counties to its menu. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, it’s the perfect spot for a business lunch or a family brunch.

Broad Run Golf Course

Tom Morgan (610) 738-4410 broadrungc.com Broad Run Golfer's Club is located in West Bradford Township within 372 acres of countryside. World renowned golf course designer Rees Jones carefully sculpted this stunning masterpiece offering premier playing conditions and tranquil beauty.

Chester County Agricultural Development Council

Hillary Krummrich (610) 344-6285 chesco.org/141/Agricultural-Development-Council The Ag Council raises awareness of the economic impact of the local farming industry and promotes excellence in farming. This outreach assists county farmers in marketing their businesses, helps create an environment to attract new farmers, and informs residents and municipal officials about the importance of local agriculture.

Chester County Tile and Design

Jason Phillips (610) 380-5040 chestercountytile.com Chester County Tile and Design provides design services, supply, and installation of ceramic, porcelain, marble, natural stone, and glass tile. The company provides remodeling of commercial and residential bathrooms, kitchens, and other flooring projects.

CIGAS Machine Shop

Craig Cigas (610) 384- 5239 Cigasmachine.com Cigas Machine Shop is a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel plate products for industrial, commercial and architectural applications.


David P. Kristman Excavating

David Kristman (610) 273- 9388 dpkristmanexcinc.com David P. Kristman Excavating Contractors specialize in septic installation, repairs, inspection, public sewer perc tests, demolition and more!

Directional Drilling

Law Offices of August J. Ober

AJ Ober, Esq. (610) 314-7848 OberLegal.com A personal injury law firm located in West Chester handling cases throughout the Philadelphia five-county area. The firm provides general legal services in the areas of traffic offenses, criminal matters, will drafting and business.

Curt Eldredge (610) 873-1099 Directional Drilling is a full service underground directional drilling company. They team with professional contractors and homeowners to help complete any type of underground installation project.

Minding Manners with Ms. B

Elverson Honey Brook EMS

Reliable Industries, LLC

Steven Jones (610) 636-3700 elversonems.org Non-Profit BLS Ambulance Service serving Northern Chester, Berks and Lancaster Counties.

French Creek Golf Club

Thad Fortin (610) 913-6330 frenchcreekgolf.com French Creek Golf Club opened its course in 2003. Designed by Gil Hanse who is esteemed worldwide for authentic golf course craftsmanship, French Creek was created with minimal earth and environmental disturbance.

JGM Fabricators & Constructors, LLC

Joseph Messner (610) 633-2739 jgmusa.com JGM is a Heavy Steel fabricator and industrial construction company servicing industrial owners nationwide. JGM self performs steel erection, heavy rigging, hauling, process piping, and millwright work.

Bongai Mhloyi (484) 356-8935 Mindingmannerswithmsb.com Ms. B is an etiquette consultant providing workshops for boys, girls and young adults. The organization empowers youth and young adults through etiquette and social graces. Michael Carlini (717) 626-2181 Relbox.com Reliable Industries is a recycling center and reseller based in Lititz, PA founded on the conviction that companies can save money and preserve the environment. The company purchases various products such as new, obsolete and reusable corrugated cardboard boxes, steel, fiber and plastic drums and barrels and other obsolete recyclable products and then recycle and resell the items to manufacturers and wholesalers.

West End Fire Company #3

Gina Langan (610) 384-9798 Coatesvillefire.org/content/wfofficers Located in Coatesville, West End Fire Company is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a very well trained and professional staff of cross trained team members.

Less than 5 Years 20+ Years

C. Kenneth Grant Insurance /Real Estate | Barry Norton Citadel | Gwen Smoker Coatesville Flower Shop | Greg DePedro Harris Mountain Funeral Home | Kevin Mountain Law Firm of Barry S. Rabin Milanese Remodeling | Mark Milanese Paragon Business Gifts, Inc. | Greg Krajewski Rotary Club of Coatesville | Michael Givler Summers & Zims | Joseph Zimmerman United Way of Chester County | Chris Saello YMCA of Greater Brandywine | LaKeisha Harris

5+ Years

Christiana Beer & Beverage | Mike Peace Fulton Bank | Mike Reese Image Ink | Janet Petsko Precision Flooring Enterprises LLC | Marilyn Costalas Signal 88 Security of Octorara | Pete Mango

10+ Years

Arbonne International | Nina Malone Brandywine Health Foundation | Jill Whitcomb Brandywine Hospital Tower Health | Mark Reyngoudt Breuninger Insurance | Chip Breuninger Chester County Area Airport Authority | Gary Hudson Chester County Aviation | Steve Fortin Coatesville Area Senior Center | Bill Pierce Coatesville Country Club | Chris Walton CompNet, Inc. | Mark Davis Hatt's Industrial Supplies & True Value | Chip Clavier Kauffman Gas Inc. | Ken Kauffman Life Transforming Ministries | Bill Shaw Octorara Area School District | Lisa McNamara Pacer Industries, Inc. | Joe Moran Paisley Solutions | Paula Paisley Paulsonbilt | Pamela Barranco Pennsylvania American Water Company | Justin Brame Rhoads Energy Corp | Mike DeBerdine Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C. | Theodore Claypoole, Esq.

Academy Sports Complex | Michael Rudy APA Tax Accountants Inc. | Albert Abdala Beaver Insurance Agency | Larry Beaver Billows Electric Supply Company | Bob Weiss Brandywine Valley Fabricators | Josh Crane Caln Athletic Association | Steve Santillo Clarel Janitorial | Claudia Muntean D. Howe & Sons, Inc | Doug Howe David Aquadro Denmans Electrical Services, Inc. | Jeffrey Denman Fidelity Contracting LLC | Richard Burkholder First Resource Bank | John Durso Ginas InterNet Advising | Gina Rodkey Good Samaritan Services | Nate Hoffer Good Works Inc. | Robert Beggs Keystone Turbine Services, LLC | Jacqui Cornog Keystone Valley Regional Fire District | Raymond Stackhouse Legend Properties | Jim DePetris New Heritage Properties, LLC | Crosby Wood Origami Technology Group, Inc. | Bill Gayle Physical Therapy Workshop | John Spangenberg Powell Law Associates, LLC | Marvin Powell, Esq. Quik-Stop Pharmacy | Alissa Griffith Ronald David Osborne Architect Rumsey Electric | Patrick Melvin Tri-County Water Services Inc. | Brent Hershey


MUNICIPAL Borough of Honey Brook Completed curbing and sidewalks from Main Street to the athletic fields located in Honey Brook Township. Working with vendors to purchase and put banners on the streetlights recognizing residents who have served in the military. Passed a resolution at the end of last year to work with the local high school to find a student who would be interested in being a junior council member. The Chief of Police solicited the community for donations for the people in North Carolina that were devastated from the hurricane that hit their state. He filled a U-haul truck, plus $1,500 that was collected, and drove it down himself. Suburban Brewery opened in a vacant building, serving beer, liquor and food. Proposed for 2019: Ice cream shop and a coffee shop to open on the Main Street from grants obtained from the commonwealth. Received grants from the commonwealth to put sidewalks and curbing in two of the streets that lead to Main Street. A 60 acre property in the borough and the township is in planning stages to be developed with carriage homes and a commercial district similar to the concept of Eagelview in Uwchlan Township.

Caln Township Caln Township National Tire and Battery is set to open in the Township. Taco Bell is working on a solidifying a location on Manor Road. The Kmart officially closed and the vacant building will go on the market in the near future. The Fisherville Road Bridge has underwent a combination of $1 million in improvements. The Township is working on its Capital Improvement Plan which will address stormwater issues and road improvements. Planning for a trail system will start this month which will connect Downingtown to Coatesville through Caln Township.


East Brandywine Township The township welcomed multiple new business openings this past year including Pizza Mia, Dunkin' Donuts and Crops Fresh Market Place. New residential developments include Maple View which is projected to be 154 townhomes constructed on a 42 acre site on the north side of Horseshoe Pike opposite Bollinger Road. Ryan Homes submitted a proposal for a 294-unit age-restricted, active adult community on a 126 acre site known as “The Weaver Tract. The project will include 132 townhomes and 162 single-family homes, along with a community center, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool and walking trails, plus an interconnection to our municipal campus. PECO awarded the Township a Green Region Grant of $10,000 to help fund a trail extension between Phase II of the Community Park to the Hopewell subdivision. Construction is expected to begin later this year. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded a $165,000 grant to help fund a second comfort station in the Community Park. The Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $246,000 grant from its Green Region program to help fund the Hawthorne Drive Stormwater Management project. This project will re-establish swales along the street, and install stormwater infiltration under the street. Bondsville Mill Park is continuing its efforts to maintain the recreational space and have started a “ruins garden” utilizing the foundation from the mill.

UPDATE Honey Brook Township City of Coatesville The City recently revealed its renovated and expanded new City Hall. The reconstruction and realignment of First and Lincoln Highway intersection has started. The company, Catalyst will design two digital sign boards, with one being integrated into an Amphitheater at First Avenue and Lincoln Highway. The second will be located at the Rt. 30 bypass. The installations will be a source of long term income to the City and provide emergency and public service messaging. Renovation and adaptive reuse of the Lipkins Warehouse on Chestnut Street is underway for an artist workspace and future bistro by the Mark Lane Company.

Honey Brook Township instituted its brand-new Zoning Ordinance and corresponding Zoning Map in September 2018 Land preservation in Honey Brook Township has now passed the 4,250-acre mark Upcoming subdivisions include Honey Brook Estates, Chestnut Ridge Phase I and Mobile Realty 3. New Businesses: Smuckers Fencing, Hidden Vallley Cabinetry and Limited-Impact Home Occupation A Dunkin Donuts Franchise has inquired about a location in the area. Under review is the a four-lot extension to Westbrooke Drive of the McConnell Business Park in the Business Industrial District.

Borough of South Coatesville

An agreement of sale was issued for the former Coatesville Ledger building for a new brew pub/ restaurant is underway by developer, Mark Sherman of Mark Lane, LLC.

The Borough completed new streetlight installation thanks to the Commissioners and DVRCP.

The “Baker” property is in a design phase and will be rebranded “Brandywine View”, consisting of compact single family and multi-family homes.

New recycle containers were received through a grant.

Palmer Park Splash Park part of the Greening Coatesville Initiative is continuing with improvements, located in the eastern sector of the city. A $250K plan was created for Ash Park with a grant from the National Fitness Campaign. The Fourth Annual Coatesville invitational Vintage Grand Prix Review will be held on September 21st. Opportunity Zones, see page 17

Parkesburg Borough Planet Fitness is set to open in the Borough in the near future. The Comprehensive Plan Update is underway.

They have assigned a new manager for the Borough. In partnership with Valley and Coatesville, the Borough is participating in a Vision Partnership Program Economic study.

West Caln Township The County bought a 220 acre property adjacent to Hibernia Park to add more land to natural space in addition to the Commonwealth which acquired a 115 acre property. The Coatesville Area School District will build a new elementary school for 900 students in West Caln. The Township boosted the farm and recreational land to 4,700 acre or 34 percent of the township area.

Final Friday’s on Main Street will take place from April to October. Memorial Day Parade & Dedication is set for May 19th and Community Day will be held on July 6th The Halloween Parade this year is on October 19th.

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West Bradford Township

Valley Township

The Township opened the Marshallton Heritage Site, which is an interactive display with information regarding the history of Marshallton, the revolutionary war battle of the Brandywine, walking tour of Marshallton, current events and local businesses. Residential recycling is averaging 30 percent and a new metal recycling container opened at the compost site. The Township completed a new garage for refuse division of public works. The Township is updating their Comprehensive plan. New developments; Stargazers village- 135 units mixed residential Buck hill farm- 130 singles Boulder drive- 112 towns Marshallton Walk- 16 mixed residential Last phase of Tattersal- 22 singles Armstrong manufacturing had a business expansion Land preservation- completing projects to ease land for preservation through municipal referendum to tax ¼ percent income tax for land preservation purposes.

Valley in partnereship with Coatesville and the Borough of South Coatesville are participating in a Vision Partnership Program Economic study. The Township reconstructed its Open Space Plan and are in the process of redoing the Comprehensive Plan. The Township updated the zoning and SALDO ordinances to make economic development more attractive in the township. Valley received a Green Light Go grant for improvements at the intersection of SR 30 and Airport Road. The new township building is making progress and anticipated to be ready in the fall. New Business: Agape Institute, Burger King Renovations, Herbert E. MacCombie Consulting Engineer, Marko Custom Countertops, Northwestern Human Services, Precision Flooring's new location, Sly Tom's, Steel City Dance & Gymnastics, Verizon, Wire & Cable Specialties, 70 East Lancaster Avenue Associates, LP

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West Sadsbury Township A facility previously owned by a commercial printer has transitioned into a trucking warehouse.

The Western Chester County Council of Government

An old dairy barn in Atglen recently converted into a wedding venue, named the Barn at Stoneybrooke. West Sadsbury is working on retaining the areas in the Township that are designated for future industrial and commercial development and providing the required infrastructure to those areas.

Wallace Township

Sadsbury Township

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Chester County Commissioners Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell explained the many ways the county is invested in western Chester County. Chester County provides Community Revitalization Program and Community Development Block Grant funds with the most recent projects of: $450,000 worth of water main upgrades in Atglen Borough Caln Township received more than $600,000 in sewer main installations & sidewalk extensions More than $220,000 for sidewalk extensions in the Borough of Honey Brook. $465,000 for Modena's South Brandywine Avenue Bridge replacement. South Coatesville received $1 million for streetlight upgrades and Birch Street sewer main installations. Valley Township has more than $260,000 going towards stream bank and Manor Road renovations. Coatesville's 1st Avenue and Lincoln Highway intersection project is beginning with a $1.7 million investment $450,000 to renovate Coatesville Library and the Coatesville


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Coatesville's Police Chief is Named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year The City of Coatesville Police Department Chief John "Jack" Laufer received the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award at the Chester County District Attorney's Law Enforcement Officer Awards. Jack was recognized as a key leader in Operation Silent Night ( a complex anti-crime initiative that led to no homicides in Coatesville over the summer and reduced overall violent crime) community policing, and supporting teamwork among law enforcement agencies.


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SAVE THE DATE of August 6th, 2019 for the Chamber’s

Taste of the Farm

-Family, Food and Fun

4:30 to 7:30 pm | Hosted at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County

This event brings together local agriculture businesses and the community to celebrate the powerful impact agriculture has on the western Chester County Region. Local farm products will be for sale on-site including fresh produce, eggs, food and more. The Taste of the Farm event will take place at the same time as the Chester County 4-H Fair at the Romano 4-H Center in Honeybrook.

Brandywine Creek Water Trail Feasibility Study The Brandywine Conservancy and the Chester County Planning Commission want to know how you currently use the Brandywine Creek and improvements you'd like to see. Take the survey which is open till late June- www.surveymonkey.com/r/brandywinewatertrail


April 26th Parkesburg Action Committee Spring Fling 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm KICK-OFF to Final Fridays April 27th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Sheep & Wool Day Springton Manor Farm




April 27 23rd Annual Race Against Violence - 9:00 am The Crime Victims Center of Chester County's annual 5K race. cvcofcc.org

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Ribbon Cutting

Good Samaritan Services

April 27 Star Party at Wolf 's Hollow Park ccls.org/158/Atglen-Public-Library

Renovation Celebration 8:00 am to 9:30 am

April 27 YMCA Healthy Kids Day Caln Park 11am-1pm

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Leadercast Leading Healthy Teams Simulcast 9:00 am - 3:30 pm




Educational Seminar


Happy Hour

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Golf Outing

Coatesville Country Club 9:00 am Registration 10:00 am Shotgun Start Lunch Provided 3:00 pm Hor' douvres & Awards


Chamber Day

8:00 am to 3:30 pm PA State Capital, Harrisburg


Brandywine Hospital Spackman Building


Gala on the Greene 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Grounds of the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum

May 2nd Good Samaritan Annual Dinner Banquet Eden Resort, Lancaster May 4th-5th Annual FISH Rodeo Coatesville May 13th - 17th TMACC Bike to Work Week May 15th Rebecca Lukens Award National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm May 16th PABA Business Leader of the Year Banquet May 30th to June 2nd Strawberry Festival Brandywine Hospital Grounds May 22 Brandywine Health Foundation Annual Garden Party June 1 OABEST Expo 9:30 am- 1:30 pm The Octorara High School annual Octorara Agriculture, Business, Environmental, Science & Technology Expo June 21-23 Chester County Balloon Festival July 6 Coatesville Community Unity Day July 27 Di-Atglen Alley Wizard Faire 11:00 am- 6 pm Follow Atglen Library on Facebook Facebook.com/DiAtglenAlley

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