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by Rich SchifferAfter reading Amy Brisson's article in the Delaware County Times, I feel compelled to respond:   She titled her article, "Chester's Community Grocery Co-op wants to expand."  For the sake of Chester, I truly hope they succeed, as their effort represents a level of "revitalization" that the community truly will benefit from. The newly approved soccer stadium and the redevelopment of the Chester waterfront may be seen by future historians as the project that gave rebirth to an ailing city, but what will make that rebirth sustainable - ensuring that Chester does not fall back into the ashes it is now rising out of - will be community-supported projects like the Chester Community Grocery Co-op. Why am I so certain it will be successful?  It is a basic concept, taught in near...
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by Rich Schiffer, Weichert, Realtors In a recent article, I discussed the situation in the Commercial market in the City of Chester, Delaware County, PA which is halfway between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE.Commercial Revitalization: "If you build it, they will come." Well it seems someone got the message...There is some interest being expressed by Pacifica Ventures to construct a Hollywood-style movie studio in the Philadelphia region, and this is one of the areas under consideration.I recently wrote a letter to the Chairman of Pacifica Ventures, and said the following:"I am not a public official here to outline a "package" to help attract Pacifica to the area. I am simply a member of the community, who sees first-hand that there are several reasons that would make this a potent...
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By Rich Schiffer, Weichert Realtors I walked this neighborhood last night, with a client, looking to buy an investment property.  This home, which is currently on the market, (listed with another brokerage) was one of our scheduled stops.   (These photos were taken while touring Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on June 21st, 2007)Nice shaded area with picnic table Can't see it here, but there is a nice sized side yard, also.            The front and side yards are both nicely maintained.       The kitchen could stand to be updated.  Cabinet space is minimal.         Appears to be a 100 amp service.  Washer and dryer included in basement.There are three bedrooms -- A small one,a medium-sized one, and a moderate-sized Master bedroom.The living and dining rooms are modestly sized, t...
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Rich Schiffer, of Weichert Realtors, and a member of the Chester Grocery Community Co-op Marketing Committee, is working on a video project that will showcase the impact that the Co-op can make on the lives of people in the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.For more information about the Chester Co-op, read Chester Co-op -- a Community Investing in Itself To see a printable version of the membership brochure, click hereIf you would like to support the Co-op as an individual, corporation, or organization without becoming a member, please consider joining the Chester's Community Grocery Co-op Partnership Program The video project will encompass about half a dozen 2-3 minute segments, each supporting a different aspect of the co-op, to be used in conjunction with the Membershi...
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
The Co-op's Farm Fresh Market will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, and reopen on Saturday May 12th.Thankfully, the City accepted their request to place the market in the central business district for the rest of the season. They will not be returning the West 7th Street parking lot.New Location:Edgmont Avenue (near the Transportation Center) between 6th and 5th Streets. Hours:  Saturday (10 AM to 2 PM) Wednesday (3 PM to 7 PM) (Note the new time)  Shoppers at the Farm Fresh Market have reported that they love the freshness and the quality of the Co-op's produce, saying that it's better than anything seen in the regular stores in Media or Newtown Square...and the prices are way better than anywhere... you just can't beat it! HIGH QUALITY & LOW PRICES -- NO NEED TO BE A CO-OP MEMBER TO SHO...
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
This Saturday, April 14th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there is a Free Wellness Fair at the YWCA at 7th & Sproul  in Downtown Chester, Delaware County, PA. Featuring:A personal appearance by Philadelphia Eagles Full Back #38 Thomas Tapeh All sorts of fun and games for the kids (I will be teaching a Juggling class!)Lots of free delicious food, entertainment, nutritional instruction, chair massage -- and moreInformation about Chester's Community Grocery Cooperative ("the Co-op") - also available at http://www.chestercoop.com/All events are open to the public - you do not need to be a member of the Co-op. Hope to see you there!   
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Chester Commercial Real Estate Market: A Field of Dreamsby Rich Schiffer, Weichert RealtorsThere has been much written about how well the commercial sector of the real estate market has been doing, in a time when the residential sector was experiencing a drawback from its 2004 peak. Here are some prime examples:Press Release, Feb 22, 2007 courtesy of National Association of RealtorsPA's Commercial Market: A Bright Spot' in the Economy? courtesy of PA Association of RealtorsSoutheastern PA Housing Market Facts Sheet courtesy of http://www.buyersmarket2007.org/National averages and national statistics are useful if you are the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, but not if you are buying, selling or investing in local real estate. In a real sense, statistics and market analyses need to be sp...
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I wanted to give you all an update on my son's condition.This morning, Chuckie climbed in bed with us around 5:30 a.m.  His coughing had kept him (and us) up most of the night, and his twin brother Joey had joined us in bed about 3 hours earlier, presumably to get away from Chuckie's loud coughing.  Chuck was feverish, and his head was sweaty, so I immediately knew something was really bothering him.  His breathing was shallow and rapid, and sounded raspy.  No degree of calming or soothing on our part could get him to slow his breathing down, so we called our pediatrician, who advised us to go to the Emergency Room.When we told Chuckie that we were taking hom to the Hospital, he threw a fit, crying, "No!  I don't want the hospital!  I want to go to the doctors' office!"  This lasted for...
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by Rich Schiffer, Weichert RealtorsThere is an effort underway to establish a full grocery that is a cooperative store in Chester.  This great news for investors.  Anytime a community begins to improve the services available to it's residents, this bodes well for the community as a whole, including real estate values in the area.  This particular effort will be doubly important, as it is a home-grown, community-driven effort, as opposed to an external group trying to force a change.  As the community takes pride in itself, as is evidenced in this type of effort, changes will be put in motion that will improve many aspects of life in the City, which in turn will positively impact property values.The Co-op will require funding from members of the community, as well as other interested inv...
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