PennDot does not consider Parkesburg an active project

Plans for expanded parking, higher platforms, improved waiting areas, and other upgrades at train stations along the 104-mile Keystone Corridor will move forward within the next few years, a Pennsylvania transportation representative said Friday.

Five of the 12 train stations on the Keystone Corridor, which stretches from Harrisburg to Philadelphia, are in Chester County.

“A lot of these stations, nothing has been done with them since my grandfather came home from World War II,” said Jennie Granger, director of aviation at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The stations and their surrounding towns and cities have the potential to be hubs for business and housing, said Granger, who has a background in operating train stations and helps manage the Keystone Corridor project.

About 100 people, including state and township officials and developers, gathered at the Chester Valley Golf Club in Malvern for an update on the state’s plan for the stations.

“The Keystone Corridor is an essential backbone to Chester County’s transportation,” said P. Timothy Phelps, executive director of the Transportation Management Association of Chester County, which organized the gathering.

The state is planning upgrades at stations in Coatesville, Downingtown, Exton, Paoli, and Parkesburg.

Granger said one of the most exciting projects is the Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center. Planning for it has sped up since disability-rights activists sued Amtrak in 2012 to improve access at the Paoli station. Amtrak has agreed to complete its accessibility upgrades by the end of 2018.

“That lawsuit is the best thing to happen to that station,” Granger said.

Last year, about 175,300 riders came through Paoli, making it the busiest Regional Rail station west of Philadelphia. The new center will be at the same site and will have better access for pedestrians and vehicles, a parking garage, and retail space.

At the Exton station, construction will start by early 2015. Upgrades include increased parking, new high-level platforms, and covered waiting areas.

In Coatesville, preliminary engineering is complete, and property acquisition is nearly complete for the $26.4 million project. The new station will comply with Americans With Disabilities Act guidelines.

Granger announced that a nearby church parking lot will provide spaces during the week for commuters for a nominal fee.

Potential improvements in Parkesburg include a ticket office and indoor waiting area with restrooms. No funding is available for that station, Granger said, so PennDot does not consider it an active project.

“Unfortunately, we can’t advance 12 stations at once,” Granger said.

The new Downingtown station will have higher platforms, a ticket office, and a waiting room. The station will be at Route 322 and Boot Road, as part of a redevelopment that includes opening the underpass there.

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley touted the 2013 transportation funding law, which will help build intermodal transportation centers and fund road and bridge improvements.

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22 responses to “PennDot does not consider Parkesburg an active project

  1. In my opinion the Borough has been dragging their feet for too long and the State doesn’t want to waste any more of their time helping people who can’t get their act together. It’s a shame that they can’t at the very least fix one bridge to help the fire department get around easier. Tough luck for the Burg.

    The town needs a new Mayor, and a new Borough manager!

    • Joey did you see the notice in Mondays Daily Local about a meeting in the 25th re: Trade winds LLC?? You might want to take a look at it.

      • Post the link for it and I will read it.

        • I found it “NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Zoning Hearing Board of the Borough of Parkesburg will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. at the Borough Hall, 315 West First Avenue, Parkesburg, PA, to consider the appeal of Tradewind Real Estate, LLC, c/o Christopher Crockett, of 619 West First Avenue, Parkesburg, PA, from the action of the Zoning Code Official (Building Inspector) in issuing a Cease and Desist Order dated October 3, 2014, for failure to have a Use & Occupancy Permit in accordance with Section 2108 of the Parkesburg Borough Zoning Ordinance and lack of Zoning Approval for a Storage Facility Use for premises situated at 5 West Street in the C-1 Commercial Zoning District of the Borough of Parkesburg, being Tax Parcel 8-3-227.1. In the alternative, Appellant/Applicant requests a special exception, variance or other appropriate relief from the Storage provisions of Section 2013 of the Zoning Ordinance. An opportunity will be afforded to all persons in attendance to address the Zoning Hearing Board in this matter. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend the hearing on the date set forth above, and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to observe or participate in the proceedings, please contact the Borough Secretary at (610) 857-2616 to discuss how the Borough of Parkesburg may best accommodate your needs. E. Craig Kalemjian, Esquire Solicitor DLN 11/10, 11/17 1a”

          Sounds like a bunch of people should attend this meeting and ask why it’s ok for a borough council member and their “friend” who resides with them to operate an illegal business entity without a permit, and not to mention how they probably didn’t pay their taxes on all that rental income in my opinion. The thing that I want to know is how can they get a permit without a business license, and how can they get a license with the name tradewinds LLC when that entity already exists somewhere else, which means they can’t use the name Tradewinds LLC?

          In my opinion I ask If you are fed up with the borough and want to take action “now is the time”, so please attend this meeting on November 25, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. at the Borough Hall, 315 West First Avenue, Parkesburg, PA deny this appeal and bring justice back into town

  2. I would but I don’t know as much about it as you do. You did all the research. I’m wondering why now they are addressing it. This came up a long time ago. I may go to the meeting though.

  3. Apparently the owner of the unregistered business entity Tradewinds LLC did not get a use an occupancy permit to rent storage space to the public. I’m not sure how you can get a use and occupancy without a business license, and how can you get a license if that name is already taken by another corporation. I also found out that several residents complained about a man living in the old lumber yard which I’m pretty sure it is not zoned for residential. The owner of Tradewinds LLC lives with Mel Keen at 619 First Ave, and she is a borough council member. She should be held accountable as well for not reporting it for all those years in my opinion.

  4. I would think the owner living with the person that really owns it would be a conflict of some kind. And why did this take so long to come out??

    • The EPA was notified about the lumber yard looking like a junk yard and the Code Enforcement office did an investigation regarding the illegal operation of renting storage space. It required an outside investigation because the borough is full of corrupt individuals who can get away with it and cover up things like this in my opinion. I think more investigations should come into play, and an outside audit should be done to see if the funds are either missing or being used for personal gain at this point. It is on record that the owner of the lumber yard said the borough did not have a problem with his illegal operation and he named the borough manager as one person he spoke to. Unfortunately nothing is on paper so the owner is the only one at fault…for now, but I suspect this to snowball into something much larger and borough council members will be held accountable.

      People should attend meetings and ask questions as to why borough council member don’t have a problem with their friends running an illegal business in town, but “you” have to register your business, and get a use and occupancy permit. It seems there is a double standard for those who are affiliated with the Parkesburg Government in my opinion, and that is political corruption. They will have another board meeting on this matter in 60 days to see if the owner is able to get a use and occupancy, but I’m not sure how you can do that without a business license. Actually lets ask if whether taxes were paid on that income from all that rental income since 2005…Hmmm and the borough doesn’t mind?

  5. And what about all the rental application fees for all the places he rented? And some people should be kicked off the boro council but I know they have to be voted out. I don’t think anybody in the burg gives a sh*t enough to do anything about it. If Mel really owns it and it’s in Chris’ name for some reason it will come back on her sometime. Of course I do’t know the full ins and outs of this one. Somebody should sit down and figure out who owes what money to who. That’ll be a cluster f**k! Oh well, what can you do ?

    • The payments of the mortgage are going to Mel’s ex Mother in law, and Chris is the owner of the fake business entity Tradewinds LLC which he claims is run out of 619 First Ave (Mel’s home address) which could be her property but put under his name to avoid any red tape in my opinion.

      Now if he lives with Mel, and he is running an illegal operation with her knowing isn’t that political corruption? Mel also voted on the bridge abutment in 2010 to allow the lumber yard to gain more property out of the deal so that Chris could make even more money with rental space in my opinion. That is a conflict of interest and against the law according to the ethics commission.

  6. I don’t know who owns the property then. Old Mrs. Keen maybe. Who even cares anymore. If there is something shady going on it will come to sooner or later. Like I said, I don’t know all about what went on in 2010 and don’t care anymore. If somebody is in the wrong, I hope they get caught. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one. Let them rule their kingdom of nothing.

  7. As much as you guys gossip you should get together for coffee every morning. It would be much more efficient.

  8. The last conversation was Dec. 1st. Where have you been?

    • I wonder if the tax payers know about how the Chief went and got his pilots license during his 24/7 shift for almost 6 months? I think that needs to be investigated considering he was paid during that time to be up in a commercial airliner. Kathy Rick probably knows about it as well considering her son is living with and in a relationship with Sheller’s niece. She proclaims that we are lucky to have him working for the borough, but stealing is a crime in my opinion.

  9. Well he needs to stay out of the conversation instead of making smart remarks. He has no idea how much we’ve fought for and with Parkesburg boro council.

    • Regardless it doesn’t matter, and we need to find out why Chief Sheller was allowed to abandon his post with pay for six months to get a pilots license on the tax payers dime. Kathy Rick and the Borough Council need to be investigated and the council needs abolished immediately for their lack of actions in my opinion. I think a petition to have several election recalls should be the next step in removing the irresponsible politicians from their elected seats immediately.

  10. Regardless of getting any answer they are in the wrong, and need to be held accountable. The incidents were documented for several years, and the State will deal with them soon enough. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them get felony charges and jail time in my opinion.

  11. Nicole Montgomery

    Since the snow is melting it’s causing a lot of slick spots in the evening and morning. Y not salt the roads 2 deal wit this problem. Not saying 2 come out at night( but it wouldn’t hurt), but just hit the roads.

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