of the new I-75/Union Centre Boulevard interchange was completed
in eight months. The interchange opened for traffic in December
quality of the TID is its ability to partner with private developers
and businesses. The Union Centre project benefited from the collaboration
of both the TID and private business.
When it became clear that both the private sector and the TID could
work together to improve public roads, the TID brought all the interested
parties to the table to propose improvements. More than $6 million
was contributed from private sources to help construct the improvements
to Union Centre. Making sure that smooth access to Union Centre
was available to the public was so important to private developers
that they decided to build one of the legs of Union Centre Boulevard
to the interchange.
In West Chester Township, 3,000 acres were available for the commercial
development of shops, restaurants, office space, hotels and much
more. The land was underutilized until the TID's planned construction
of the Union Centre Boulevard Interchange created access to I-75
and the existing acreage. The project also relieves congestion around
I-275 and State Route 747, and I-275 and State Route 4.
With the interchange complete, easy access to I-75 is bringing new
business into the area. Union Centre commercial development is expected
to bring an estimated 21,000 new jobs. Before the planned improvements
of I-75, businesses were looking elsewhere for locations. Now, because
of the interchange and improvements to the highway, businesses are
moving into Union Centre, bringing a boom of economic growth.
the opening of the interchange, West Chester has seen more than
$700 million in investments, 7 million square feet of space and
the creation or retention of more than 5,000 jobs.