The trustees agreed to sell the Activity Center — where programs for seniors and other groups were housed — for $1.8 million in September 2019. Regency requested an extension of its due diligence period to finalize the other deals last March, but cancelled the purchase agreement with the township last August. At the time Trustee Mark Welch told the Journal-News “basically Kroger is choking over the lease price.”
Regency had secured agreements with the church and the Dixon family that owns Chesterwood. The Journal-News has not been able to reach church officials for comment, but according to their website they already relocated to the Morning Star Baptist Church location on Summerhill Drive in West Chester. The county auditor’s website shows Providence purchased the property for $2 million.
The Activity Center has remained vacant but Township Administrator Larry Burks said while he has been in contact with Ertel, they have also gotten verbal quotes of around $100,000 to demolish the site in case the Kroger deal can’t be done.
“We might just go ahead and do that just to have it out of the way so we might be able to entertain more offers on the property,” Burks said. “Sometimes when people see movement or activity on the property and the old building comes down, it might spark a little more interest.”
Kroger officials would not confirm if there are renewed negotiations but Welch said he hopes they can eventually close a deal.
“I’m a big supporter of it, the township is ready, willing and able just like it was when we constructed our first deal with them,” Welch said. “We’d love for this to go through, we think it would be an addition to our community up there that they’ve wanted for a long time. We’ll work with them as much as we possibly can to get this thing done.”