Wednesday will be a day of celebration in the city of Chester as years of perseverance and hard work are finally realized.
Since the early 1980s, the former Taylor, Smith and Taylor pottery factory has stood as an eyesore in the community; a crumbling behemoth towering over much of the community.
For many of those 30 plus years, the residents of Chester have looked for something to do with the lumbering building, first hoping to find a new business to fill its halls, and then looking for ways to demolish the structure as it slowly became viewed as a danger to their hometown.
The last year has finally brought some hope back for the property, however, as the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle purchased the site and has been working to demolish the old factory in preparation of eventual redevelopment and marketing for new businesses or industry.
On Wednesday, the BDC and the Chester community will come together to celebrate the demolition and remediation, as well as look back at the history of the factory, all while looking toward the future.
Those interested in the celebration will meet at Chester City Hall beginning at 11 a.m., with visits to the former pottery site also planned. Residents are encouraged to bring their favorite photos of the factory, with a special prize being awarded to the person with the most interesting picture.
This definitely is a time of celebration for the residents of Chester, and Hancock County as a whole. It could not have been possible, either, without the cooperation of the BDC, local officials and Chester residents who worked together, and continue to do so, planning for the demolition and redevelopment.
A variety of ideas have been in the works for some time for the future of this property, and we are sure it will all be great and benefit many in our area with the eventual creation of jobs and new opportunities.
We encourage our residents to take some time Wednesday to visit Chester and take part in the celebration, and congratulate the Chester community on this great success.