Development moves through Chester’s downtown, but nobody is building the riverfront

June 4, 2017

By Staff

In a crowded auditorium in February 2016, Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland stood before hundreds of city residents, one of the first times since taking office a few weeks earlier.

It was miserably cold, but a standing-room-only crowd had turned out anyway. Kirkland, a longtime Democratic state representative, had campaigned on a pledge to reel this beleaguered city in from crisis, when years of government infighting had produced little change. After weeks of huddling with his administration, the new mayor came prepared to offer a blueprint for change.

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