Supply-Chain Issues, Increased Cost of Construction Force Reduction in Height of Proposed Hotel in West Chester

brick building on a street corner
Image via Zukin Realty and ONIX Group.
The proposed hotel at the corner of Walnut and Gay streets in West Chester.

After years of talks regarding the height of a proposed hotel in downtown West Chester, the developer has asked borough council to decrease the number of floors from seven to six, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.

The partnership between Zukin Realty and ONIX Group pitched the reduction in floors.

The absence of a seventh floor will decrease the overall height of the building from 118 to 108 feet, as reported at a borough council work session earlier this week.

The council voiced its tentative approval for the property at Walnut and Gay streets. The change needs to be approved by the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB), which will meet later this month. However, Council President Michael Galey said he believes that HARB will give its go-ahead.

According to Jonathan Silver, vice president of ONIX Group, one of the reasons for the reduction in the number of floors is the increased cost of construction due to ongoing supply-chain issues.

And while the developer did not always have the full support of the borough, the decision to approve the changed plans was unanimous.

Read more about the change to this new hotel in the Daily Local News.