Office of Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland                                           



Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019                                                                       

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  


contact: Aigner Cleveland

Press Secretary



Chester Community Improvement Project and the City of Chester Announce Groundbreaking Ceremony – Arbor Estates Project


Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland is pleased to jointly announce and take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Arbor Estates Project.  Arbor Estates will be the city’s first “brick and mortar” housing development in nearly seven years.



(CHESTER, PA) – Chester Community Improvement Project (CCIP) in partnership with the City of Chester will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on May 17, 2019, at 2:00 pm for the Arbor Estates Project. The ceremony will take place at the project site, located on West 15th Street and Arbor Drive in Chester, PA. 


This development represents a unique public/private partnership— and will bring much needed affordable housing opportunities for first time, low and moderate-income homebuyers. 


Four single- family, semi-detached homeownership units will be constructed. The homes will be approximately 1,500 square feet in size with three bedrooms, 1 ½ bathrooms, full basements, and off-street parking.  Homebuyers may be eligible to receive down payment and closing cost assistance funds from Chester’s Homebuyer Assistance Program or assistance from the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County’s Employer Assisted Housing Program.


The Arbor Estates project is an example of what can be accomplished when public, private and nonprofit entities come together with a shared vision and commitment to meet the need for affordable housing. Partners in the project include: The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, City of Chester, Chester Economic Development Authority, Delaware County, TD Bank, Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, Chester Housing Authority, Power Home Remodeling, Inc., and project support from other private entities.  This new housing project will revitalize the City of Chester and improve the quality of life for its residents.  



“We are very excited about the Arbor Estates new housing project. CCIP has been rehabilitating homes in the City of Chester for the past 40 years, and the development of new homes will have a positive impact in our hometown,” said Cyrise L. Dixon, Board President of CCIP.  “CCIP appreciates all of our partners who are helping to make this new housing possible.”



About CCIP:

Incorporated in 1978, CCIP was established as a grassroots nonprofit, community housing development organization.  CCIP’s mission is to help revitalize the City of Chester through building the base of homeownership.  We strive to create safe, quality and affordable homes, while providing comprehensive homebuyer’s education and pre and post-purchase housing counseling services to families.  Arbor Estates will be CCIP’s second new housing development project in addition to the Central Avenue 16 Townhomes and the 91 housing acquisition and rehab projects completed in the City of Chester.


WHO: Chester Community Improvement Project (CCIP) and the City of Chester


WHAT:  Will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on May 17, 2019, at 2:00pm for the Arbor Estates Project


WHERE:  West 15th Street & Arbor Drive

                Chester, PA 19013


WHEN: Friday May 17, 2019 at 2:00pm