West Chester Borough Council has given developer Eli Kahn preliminary approval for the construction of a mixed-use structure on the Mosteller Building site, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.
Council is expected to vote for final approval of the 44,000-square-foot project at its October meeting. If it gets the green light, Kahn expects to complete construction before the 2019 Christmas Parade.
During his presentation, Kahn spoke at length about public art, focusing partly on the landmark fountain planned for the intersection of Church and Gay streets.
“The only thing people will talk about on this property 50 years from now will be the fountain,” said Kahn.
The fountain would have two levels, cascading water down both sides, and an infinity edge. It would be open throughout the year. Kahn also plans to plant trees and improve street lighting at the site.
Also, the developer suggested that the plan feature a minimum of two pieces of rotating local art. West Chester University students and the Chester County Art Association could then display sculptures for six months at a time.
Read more about the West Chester Plaza Plan in the Daily Local News here.