East Gay Street Improvement Project to start June 12, 2018
This is an informational page provided by the West Chester BID to keep downtown informed of the East Gay Street Improvement Project.
Contact Malcolm Johnstone with questions or to be placed on the e-mail list.
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Start Date for East Gay Improvement Project is June 12, 2018
April 20, 2018
The East Gay Street Improvement Project will begin work June 12, 2018, and is expected to be completed at the end of August, 2018. It begins on East Gay Street at High Street and will work its way eastward to Matlack.
The project is being managed by PECO which will replace the aging gas line with a new high-pressure line. The final phase will have the street repaved.
East Gay Street will be closed to vehicular traffic Monday through Friday from 7am to 4pm. Pedestrians will have full access to businesses at all times. The streets will be fully open to auto traffic after 4pm and on weekends.
At a meeting held Wednesday, April 18, Scott Neumann, PECO's External Affairs Manager, talked about what was involved with the project. The project was originally scheduled to start in May, but he was asked at the meeting to consider alternative start dates that would include July and August, which are slower months for most businesses. The June 12 date was arrived at by PECO counting backwards from Labor Day. This allows for the 13 weeks needed to complete the project; hopefully completed sooner since the season begins late in August.
Neither the BID nor the Borough can actively negotiate with PECO in situations like this, which are governed by state statute. However, the participants at Wednesday's meeting did an outstanding job of voicing their concerns and asking for reasonable compromises. Mr. Nuemann went to bat for the businesses based on what he heard and what PECO could do.
The BID is committed to assist each business to the highest extent possible during this difficult period.
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BID supports enhanced marketing campaign for East Gay Street
April 22, 2018
The West Chester BID Customer Attraction Committee, which met on Friday, April 20, agreed that the BID should support marketing efforts for the downtown during the East Gay Street Improvement Project.
Currently, the following media has agreed to support this BID campaign:
- Borough of West Chester newsletter
- Parks and Recreation Department Activity Guide
Further, West Chester BID's social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, e-mail list, and website, will be used.
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Borough Council President weighs in
April 23, 2018
Diane LeBold, West Chester Borough Council President and BID Board Member, has often stated that she is sensitive to the needs of the East Gay block during the improvement project. In a recent e-mail, she expands on certain parts that bear repeating:
"Council does not have the authority to approve or disapprove of these kinds of improvement projects. We can only negotiate with the utility to try to reduce the impact on our community.
"Gay Street will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, but sidewalks will be open and traffic will be diverted to Chestnut Street during these hours, where visitors can park in the Chestnut Street garage or Lot 10 at Chestnut and Church. I'm told that the lot behind Wells Fargo will allow access from Walnut Street during the construction.
"PECO will be working in 100-foot increments. Each 100 feet will take 3 to 5 days to complete. So only a relatively small segment of the street will be torn up at any given time.
Of course, the BID and the Borough are working together to support East Gay Street. Stay tuned.