Archive for the ‘Chester’ Category

Daylight Savings Time Begins Tomorrow

March 7, 2015

Remember to move your clocks ahead!


Once again, it’s that time of year to move your clocks ahead. Imagine the possibilities: You will able to sleep later in the dark. You won’t waste an extra hour sleeping tonight. You will have an extra hour of light in the evening. It really can’t get better than this so ….. Enjoy!

(BTW – It also makes it easier to buy and sell properties. Contact me now!)

 David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808

National Flag Day 2010

June 14, 2010

Welcome to National Flag Day 2010.

Flag day was first recognized in 1885 in Wisconsin.  It was in 1891 that it arrived in Pennsylvania when it was celebrated at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia.  It continued to spread through various organizations and states until it was officially recognized by Woodrow Wilson in 1916.  June 14 became National Flag Day when an Act of Congress was signed by President Truman in 1949.

The date was based on the Flag Resolution of 1777 passed by the Marine Committee of the 2nd Continental Congress.  The resolution established the 13 stripes and 13 stars but did not specify any particular design for the stars.  Since that time the flag has had multiple designs as the nation grew with the current design having been in place since July 4, 1960 with the addition of Hawaii.

Take some Time, Honor the Country, and Enjoy the Day!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 302-834-3431/Cell: 610-618-0808

The Philadelphia Union is Ready to Rock!

March 25, 2010

Welcome to the new Philadelphia Union Soccer team as they play their first game ever in Seattle today March 25.

We’ve been waiting a long time but today the Philadelphia Union finally brings Major League Soccer to our area.  They will play their first match in Seattle in about 5 hours.  The Union will arrive in the Philadelphia area with their first home game on April 10.  On June 27, they will finally come to their permanent home now still under construction on the Chester PA waterfront.

In February 2008, it was announced by Major League Soccer that Philadelphia would be the new home of the League’s 16th Franchise.  This was the result of intense effort by the local community to win the team and of continuing efforts to forge ahead with the redevelopment in Chester PA.  With the partnership of the State, County, local supporters, and the City of Chester, a state of the art new stadium was planned for the Chester Waterfront just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge.

Today, all that effort is about to pay off.  The team has been formed and was named the Philadelphia Union by a vote of the fans in February 2009.  The players were assembled in the November 2009 expansion draft.  Now the team plays their first game in Seattle on March 25.  After a week off, they will play their first “home” game in Lincoln Financial Field on April 10.  After four more away games, they will return to South Philadelphia’s Lincoln Field on May 15.  Then after several additional away games, the Philadelphia Union returns on June 27 to their permanent home in the brand new state-of-the-art 18,500 seat PPL Park located on the Chester Waterfront in Chester PA.

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Union, Chester PA, and all the organizations and people that have worked so hard to make this happen.  It should be a great soccer season!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808

Delaware County Council June Meeting at the 1724 Chester Courthouse

June 25, 2009

Tuesday night, the Delaware County Council held their June monthly meeting in the original 1724 Chester Courthouse located in downtown Chester PA.

1724 Chester Courthouse Chester PAThe 1724 Courthouse is the oldest continuously used public building in the United States.  Every year, several public functions are held in the original chambers to continue this long standing tradition.

The Council began the session with its regular business.  This was followed by a great presentation by Carol of the Delaware County Historical Society on some of the history of the Courthouse and of Chester’s development over the years.  Finally, the meeting wrapped up with time for the Council members’ comments and a public comment and question period.  After the meeting, the Delaware County Historical Society also held their museum and library open for those attending in the building located next door.

The video provides some abbreviated excerpts of the meeting:

All in all, an excellent meeting and a great way to experience some of the history of Chester.  The County Council hopes to hold two additional off-site meetings in the fall in two additional townships.

As always, if you are thinking of a move or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

The City of Chester PA Works to Update Comprehensive Plan

June 8, 2009

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the first of 5 meetings being held by the City of Chester PA as they begin the process of updating their comprehensive plan.

Chester Eastside Ministries E 9th St Chester PAThe City is holding a series of five public meetings to obtain input and ideas from the public on both the progress in the city to date and which items should be highlighted as priorities in the future.  The last Comprehensive Plan, Vision 2000, was completed in 1994.  The new plan, titled Vision 2020, is expected to be completed toward the end of 2009.  State law requires periodic updates to the plan.

The meeting was held on an informal basis at the Eastside Ministries on 9th St allowing participants ample opportunity to learn about various facets of the plan.  There were multiple charts and graphic displays which provided a great overview of the situation today and the tentative plans for the future.   Many of the planners were in attendance providing an in-depth description of the projects currently under way.

The City of Chester has made tremendous progress recently with the addition of Harrahs, the waterfront development, the new soccer facilities now under construction,Harrahs Casino & Racetrack Chester PA increased freeway access, and multiple housing projects.  They now want to build on this momentum as they plan for the future and highlight those areas that the community feels are the most important items to be included in the future.

The City of Chester has four additional public open meetings to gather input:

Tuesday June 9, 2009 at 6:30
at the Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St
Monday June 15 2009 at 6:30
at the New Jerusalem Church of Chester, 2100 W 3rd St
Wednesday June 24 2009 at 6:30
at the White Rock Christian Church at 308 W 3rd St
Tuesday June 30 2009 at 6:30
at the North Chester Baptist Church at 2331 Providence Ave

Please be sure to visit any of these meetings to learn where we stand today and provide input for the future.

As always, if you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Local Finds: Spring Horse Racing in DE, PA, and MD

April 28, 2009

Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware have a long deep history of horse racing.  The area has always had hunt clubs, steeple chase races, and track racing and we are now in the middle of the spring rush.

Delaware Park Starting GateDelaware Park in New Castle county began their 72nd Thoroughbred Racing Season last Saturday on April 25th.  The facility is open 24 hours per day for its slots gambling, but it also generally holds live racing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday through October and adds Sunday racing during June and July.  Founded in 1937, it is a great classic racing track and has a long and varied racing history.

In Chester PA, Harrahs Chester Casino is in its third Harness Racing Season.  Harrahs is also a full service casino with live racing generally held on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Harrahs Harness Racing Chester PAThursday through November and on Fridays from late May through November.  This is a brand new facility built on the former Sun Shipyard property right along the riverfront in Chester and is a cornerstone of the new development revitalizing the city.

Steeplechase racing also is continuing in full swing.  Their series actually started in February, but in the next month there will be four local events.  The Winterthur Point-to-Point Steeplechase races are being held on Sunday May 3 at the Winterthur Estate north of Greenville Delaware.  All tickets must be purchased in advance.  The 18th running of the Willowdale Steeplechase follows on Sunday May 10 just outside Kennett Square at the corners of Routes 82 and 926 benefitting Quest and the New Bolton Center.

Horse Racing OfficialThen on May 16th, there is the 79th running of the Radnor Hunt Races benefitting the Brandywine Conservancy.  All passes must be purchased by May 8th.  Finally on Saturday May 23, Fairhill will be holding the 75th running of the Fairhill Races just across the border in Cecil County Maryland.  All  the proceeds from this event benefit the Union Hospital

It’s going to be another great year for racing and an excellent opportunity to take some time off and enjoy more that the region has to offer.

Should you have any additional notes or questions, please feel free to call me anytime.

Highland Ave Station Chester PA – SEPTA R2 Regional Rail

April 4, 2009

Highland Av Station & Commodore Barry Bridge Chester PAWelcome to the City of Chester, PA.

Chester actually has two rail stations that are situated on the SEPTA R2 Regional Rail Line.  The one to the north is the main Chester Transportation Center located in the original downtown area of Chester within easy walking distance of much of its commercial core and government offices.

This station is the next stop south and is known as the Highland Avenue Station.  Located just to the south of the Commodore Barry Bridge going from Chester to New Jersey, this platform is located about midway between the I95 Interstate exit to Highland Ave and the Delaware River.  It is the closest stop to the new Soccer Stadium which is being built just south of the bridge and the new commercial development along the riverfront including  The Wharf at Rivertown.

This is strictly a local stop as there is really no adjacent off street parking available.  There is on street parking, but one should check for any current local parking restrictions.  It is located within a mainly residential district but is within walking distance of the Community Hospital of Chester– part of the Crozer-Keystone Health System.  The video will give you some additional details:

The local real estate market has remained mixed.  The average prices for the City of Chester actually hit a peak in 2008 with 189 sales averaging $65,000.  Prices took a big hit in the fourth quarter with average pricing for the last six months (with 52 sales) averaging $54,000, but this has recovered a bit as we have entered 2009 with 16 settlements to date with an average list price of $59,000.  In addition, there are currently an additional 22 properties pending and 135 residential units for sale with an average asking price of $59,000.  With all the new development currently in progress in the city, future pricing will be dependant on the success of the development currently under way.

So today, this is a convenient stop for those in the immediate area but would generally not be a prime commuter station with parking particularly for those needing transportation to or from the station.  In the future, it could become an important link as new development continues in the immediate area along the river front since this is currently the nearest stop.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

(All statistics from the TrendMLS System and believed accurate but not guaranteed.)