Chester Water Authority (CWA) attorney Frank Catania, last week, presented Brookhaven Council with a proposal for five acres of wooded CWA property located on Duttons Mill Road to be used as passive recreational use for residents of the borough.
Catania said the water authority is not selling nor leasing the property to the borough, but rather offering to develop the land for the benefit of its residents. The parcel in question is in the same location as the unified shopping center that will be constructed by Retail Sites, LLC.
CWA sold approximately 25 acres of a 55-acre parcel to the shopping center developer. Plans include the construction of a Giant supermarket as well as other stores on the property.
Brookhaven resident Tom Dykes took issue with the proposal, saying he did not understand why the water authority was not giving the borough the opportunity to purchase the property. Dykes also questioned Catania as to whether the borough would have first right of refusal should the CWA wish to sell the property. Catania said if the CWA and borough Council come to that agreement, the water authority would agree to give Brookhaven first right of refusal.