Donna Davis took the day off from her city job last Wednesday to address Chester City Council about a home in her neighborhood that she purports to be a “boarder home.” Davis lives in the 2000 block of Edgmont Ave.
“I took the day off (to) ask some direct questions of Council,” Davis said. “I represent Edgmont Ave. and I have signatures of the residents in that neighborhood. I want to know what gives someone the right to change the demographics of a neighborhood to start a boarder house and not notify the homeowners/tax payers. The City of Chester is not a city of boarder homes.”
Davis contends that a four bedroom home on that block was changed to a boarding house and each room costs $550 per month to rent. She said a city ordinance indicates the block is zoned residential or R-2. She also said she learned from Delaware County real estate records the home was sold as a single family dwelling.
County documents show the property was purchased by the Fannie Mae Corporation for $1 on March 9, 2011. The property is assessed at $2,200.
“The neighbors have been coming to me asking questions,” said Davis. “Because I work for the city, it was going in a direction it did not need to go. I am not only a city worker but I pay taxes where I live and I deserve to have answers.”
Davis said the matter was brought to the attention of the city Licensing and Inspections (L&I) Department when…