The highly-anticipated Liberty Center in Liberty Township is steadily moving towards its grand opening scheduled for October 8th.
Phase One of the $350 million mixed-use, town center development will feature high-end apartments, the AC Hotel by Marriott, major department stores, a wide variety of restaurants, an elevated park area with trees and state-of-the-art dinner-and-movie theater (CineBistro).
Phase one will total 1.1 million square feet, 800,000 square feet of which will be retail space. The center’s enclosed shopping mall, The Foundry, will be Continue reading →
Money Magazine has an annual ranking of the best places to live in the U.S. and West Chester, Ohio was on this list for 2014. Coming in at #30, West Chester has many amenities that make it a best place: It’s only a half hour drive to downtown Cincinnati and a short,10-minute drive to Kings Island. Plus, West Chester has the Voice of America Park that hosts many events throughout the year. And, The Cone. You must visit The Cone for the best soft-serve ice cream. Read what the magazine had to say about West Chester here. And did we mention that West Chester has lots of great homes, too?
The rankings reviewed population size, economic strength, job growth, affordable housing along with arts and leisure and schools.
What Else is Going on in West Chester?
GE Aviation is pursuing 3-D manufacturing in a West Chester facility (GE Aviation is West Chester’s largest employer)
DRT Medical-Morris (makers of medial instruments) will be building a 30,000 sf office and production facility near Union Centre Boulevard
West Chester Hospital will soon have a new maternity services department
Butler Tech BioServices Academy will open in 2015 for high school students wanting to pursue the medical field
Cabela’s (hunting and fishing store) is building an 82,000 sf store on Liberty Way
Bass Pro Shops (hunting and fishing store) is building a 150,000 sf store near IKEA. It is rumored this store will have a bowling alley.
The Streets of West Chester has plans for a 200,000 sf expansion with specialty shops, dining and entertainment.
As quoted by Mike Juengling, the West Chester Community Development Director in its press release, “West Chester has continued to see new business growth during challenging economic times and now we are beginning to see even more activity and interest from prospective companies.”
Top employers for West Chester:
Pierre Frozen Foods
Procter & Gamble
In 2012, Money Magazine included West Chester among its list for Best Small Cities. Read more here.
It is one of the best areas on the continent for collecting fossils because the Miami Valley was once at the bottom of an ancient ocean
In 1803, the Ohio General Assembly divided Hamilton County and established Butler County (named after General Richard Butler, a Revolutionary War her0.)
In 1823, Liberty Township was divided and Union Township (later called West Chester) was created. At that time, there were no roads in the area — only trails and so travel was limited either by foot or horseback. The Miami Eric Canals and railroads later came through West Chester and brought about the development of small communities.
In 2000, Union Township became known as West Chester Township.