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I-87 retail complex planned in Chester

"It will be a pleasant place offering unique things, and will supplement what's now available," he said.

Town of Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe agreed that the development, as proposed with local crafts and foods, would be good for commerce in town.

"The traveling public loves places like that - it sounds like an idea that would attract people and draw them into downtown and help all local businesses," Monroe said.

Behan said the project was likely to cost between $1 million and $2 million to build, and would have 10,000 square feet of space. Both the upper story and lower story would be on ground level, as the site is sloped, he said.

John Behan, the Principal of Behan Planning & Design, has been helping local citizens in their efforts to beautify and revitalize the Chestertown hamlet.

Mary Jane Dower, chair of the Chestertown Main Street Enhancement Committee, said that Behan's Chestertown Gateway would help boost downtown commerce, as well as enterprises across Chester and Horicon.

"This development sounds wonderful - it's a big start in helping revitalize Chestertown," she said. "Any way to get visitors to go downtown will be great."

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