Sunday, September 24, 2000

W. Chester moves out of congested quarters

New offices offer more space, parking

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Township administrative offices work best when the residents they serve have easy access to them.

        But that wasn't always the case with West Chester Township's former administrative offices, which were plagued by overcrowding and a lack of parking, and periodically surrounded by traffic gridlock.

        West Chester officials say those problems were left behind since last week's move from the old township headquarters at Cincinnati-Dayton and West Chester roads to the Centre Pointe Executive Office Building at 9100 Centre Pointe Drive.

        “The old offices were hard to get into and out of. Parking was the main problem,” said longtime West Chester businesswoman Nyla Kramer, owner of Flowers by Nyla.

        “This is fabulous. There's plenty of parking and it's right off the highway,” said Ms. Kramer in reference to office building's location next to Interstate 75, just northwest of the Union Centre Boulevard exit.

        West Chester officials have signed a five-year, $1.2 million lease of 15,000 square feet on parts of the first and second floors of the Centre Pointe building just off Muhlhauser Road next to the recently opened Marriott Hotel.

        Paula Whyrick, administration assistant for the township and one of the coordinators of the move, said the shifting of three major township offices to a new location went smoothly and public reaction has been positive.

        “I think we had a successful move,” Ms. Whyrick said of the new facilities for 28 employees of the township trustees staff, planning and zoning office, and township administration.

        The new offices, in Suite 280, will continue the same public hours of Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main township administration office number — (513) 777-5900 — also remains the same.

        The former township offices at 9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road are being converted into a justice center so the community's expanding police force and courts will have more space.

        Trustee meetings will continue to be held at the Cincinnati-Dayton Road location, said Ms. Whyrick, until Nov. 14, when the public meetings shift to the Centre Pointe building.


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