Developer Plans to Turn 30-Acre Brownfield in West Chester into E-Commerce Distribution Center

Artist's rendering Wyeth development
Image via the Daily Local News.

Once the site of a Wyeth factory that produced penicillin, a 30-acre brownfield in West Chester — vacant for around a decade — could soon become an e-commerce retail distribution center, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.

According to the developer’s plans, 611 East Nields Street would consist of a 143,000-square-foot, 42-foot-tall structure with around 1,000 parking spaces.

An undisclosed tenant is leasing the property by builder 611 E. Nield Street, LLC through E. Kahn Development. It will invest between $50 million and $60 million in the project.

The planning commission reviewed plans last week. Expectations are for borough council to approve the by-right-plan by August.

“It’s a dream-use with fairly low impact, and traffic is lower than Wyeth’s,” said Kahn. “It’s a great job creator for West Chester, with tax benefits.”

According to the builder, the new project will generate around $700,000 in annual real estate taxes. The new tenant expects to hire between 150 and 175 direct employees, along with 250 third-party contractors.

The factory that previously stood on the property was demolished by Wyeth about 10 years ago.

Read more about the plans for the property in the Daily Local News.