Whether it’s a site for advanced manufacturing, office space for a small startup, or anything in between, CCEDC works to find the right home for any size company. We promote our region to foreign companies, attracting investment and nurturing existing businesses for retention and expansion.
In the heart of Downingtown Borough, construction is underway on Hankin Group’s new Brandywine Station LP (River Station). This mixed-use project includes 400 luxury apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail space, a new pedestrian bridge to Johnsontown Park on the east bank of Brandywine Creek, and will include the future site of the new Downingtown AMTRAK/SEPTA train station.
With assistance from CCEDC, the project was awarded an Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) grant of $1,280,505 through the Central and Western Industrial Development Authority to help with the environmental site remediation and Act 2 clean-up of the site.
The Center of Commerce for Chester County is found at the intersection of Routes 100 and 30 in Exton. CCEDC, the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce, and West Whiteland Township held a community conversation highlighting this business and commercial hub.
Over the past several years, we’ve worked with valued partner, Mosaic Development Partners, to help reimagine the campus of Cheyney University, the oldest HBCU in the United States. Those efforts were recognized with the Partners in Excellence Award.
During the past year, CCEDC assisted with a record number of projects throughout the region. In total, we procured more than $285 million in total project financing and $54 million in grants funding.
New Homes for Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Chester County turned to CCEDC to help them grow and expand their services in our community.
Habitat’s first ReStore in Caln Township was so successful in selling furniture, appliances, home goods, and building materials that fund the construction of affordable housing in our community that they wanted to expand and find a second location in the county. Working with their Board of Directors and staff, CCEDC worked to identify options for a second ReStore. Ultimately a location in the Starr Street Village Shopping Center, Phoenixville was the solution. A grand opening occurred in April at this 10,000 sq. ft. retail location.
While reviewing their lease renewal documents for their corporate office space, it was suggested that Habitat for Humanity investigate purchasing a small office building for their use. This appeared to be more equitable so CCEDC worked to identify options in the market for their consideration. A new location for their corporate headquarters was identified and Habitat for Humanity closed on the building in August 2021 at Valley Forge Commons, also in Phoenixville!