In West Chester, a tall order looms

A special meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in West Chester Borough Hall to discuss reducing the current maximum height allowance of 90 feet in the downtown historic district.

Proponents of reducing the number believe that a lower height limit in the main downtown area would help protect the historic integrity of the area, which is vital for continued economic prosperity. Opponents believe that greater density is more attractive to developers; therefore, the current limit is needed to keep the borough thriving.

According to borough records, in 2007 Council approved a 75-foot height limit by conditional use with an option to go to 90 feet if the building use is residential. The vote followed two years of debate.