Delaware County Daily Times June 21, 2002
Architectural firm buys Chester building
Former district court building on Avenue of the States purchased by Linderman Group.
By Matt Zager
CHESTER- A downtown building that once housed a district court is being sold to an architectural firm, which plans to renovate it and occupy it in about a year.
The building at 418 Avenue of the States, near the intersection with Fifth Street, was used as a district court until 1995, when building code violations forced it to close. It has been unused since.
The Linderman Group, an architectural firm that has been in the county since 1980, is purchasing the building from the Delaware County Redevelopment Authority for $25,000, according to Chester Mayor Dominic Pileggi.
At the moment, the company has offices in the Crozer Building across the street on Avenue of the States.
The former court building has three floors, 12,000 square feet and a stone façade. It was built in 1919.
“It’s a building that couldn’t be rebuilt today,” said Pileggi.
In addition to moving it’s offices there. Linderman also plans to lease space to “service organizations and professional tenants” and may open a restaurant.
“We are also considering the possibility of apartments in part of the structure as well,” said Dick Linderman, principal of the company.
In 1995, the district court was moved to 160 E. Seventh Street. Chester’s police headquarters was next to the former district court building on Avenue of the States until 1998, when it also moved to the building on Seventh Street.
Ownership of the former police building is being transferred from the city to the city’s Redevelopment Authority. The Authority plans to sell it, and three other buildings a block away that are used for municipal offices but will be vacated when construction of a new city hall is complete later this year.
In the last three years, organizations and businesses that have located downtown include, LOBEC Inc., Phatso’s Bakery, Italian Brothers Deli, Delaware County Historical Society, Chester Community Charter School, Chester Microenterprise Partnership, Junior achievement, State Farm Insurance, and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
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