Construction boom continues in Kennett; nearly 170 luxury lofts coming to West State Street

KENNETT SQUARE —Kennett Square, widely known as a destination town with its many brewpubs and annual events such as the Mushroom Festival and Kennett Run, has become one of the most popular municipalities in Chester County in which to live.

Construction of new homes is underway at the corner of West State Street and Mill Road in Kennett Square.

“The pre-construction has begun for the apartments on W. State Street between Washington and Mill,” said Kennett Square Borough President Doug Doerfler. “The landscape will indeed be changing a little coming in and out of town, and I do feel it is necessary, beneficial change.”

In Kennett Square, two apartment buildings with 166 units are en route on the extreme northend of the southwest corner of town. (COURTESY OF ED EAST)

When completed, there will be two apartment buildings with 166 units. There will also be 1,273 square-foot park and a parking deck with 192 spaces.

Ground broke earlier this summer. The land comprises four parcels, spanning nearly 2.7 acres, located north and south of West State Street between South Washington Street and Mill Road, according to municipality records. The Daily Local News filed a Right To Know request for this information in July.

The Kennett Square Borough Planning Commission advanced the subdivision and land development application for the Stand Ab project back on September 9, 2020. The Borough Council approved the project on November 2, 2020 after granting preliminary plan approval, with conditions, on September 21, 2020.

The property is now owned by Berger.

StanAb project was the owner prior to the Berger purchase, according to Borough Secretary and Open Records Officer Rachel Berkowitz.

StanAb is owned by Tony Stancato and Vic Abdala and based in West Chester.

Additionally Pillar, a commercial real estate brokerage firm also based in West Chester, has been a key player in the development of this property along with Berger Rental Communities.

The apartment buildings, with 166 luxury units, are slated to be named The Lofts at State Street.

Unlike The Flats at Kennett, which is on the same roadway just one-mile away across town, the Berger developer will add sidewalks as part of its approval process to build in the borough. Located on Millers Hill, which becomes State Street, The Flats are in Kennett Township, and although many residents walk uptown to dine and shop in the heart of the borough frequently from The Flats, there are no sidewalks to do so safely, as of yet at least.

In the borough, there are many new happenings underway, the council president emphasized.

“One of the recent major changes was the move of the borough offices from Marshall Street to our new home at 600 S. Broad Street,” Doerfler said.

“Development-wise, the library continues to take shape,” the council president stated.

The all-new $21.7 million, 33,425-square-foot Kennett Library and Resource Center at the corner of Willow and State streets is scheduled to open to the public in May.

“I am continually amazed by the people of Kennett Square. We have such a rich history and culture, and such an opportunity to learn from each other,” Doerfler said on Wednesday.

“I have been excited to see many new faces at council meetings over the past couple months, and that shows an interest in so many issues that impact us every day,” he said.

“I encourage all to come to council meetings or participate in one of the many borough boards or commissions to take a more active role in shaping the future of our community,” Doerfler said.

The Borough Council will next hold a work session 7 p.m. September 6 and a voting session 7 p.m. September 7 at 600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square.

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