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Chester County CSX voted postponed

CHESTER — A vote on the rezoning of property being considered by CSX for a shippinghub in Chester County has been postponed until January.

Chester County Council members put off the vote to give residents a chanceto speak on the project at a regular council meeting, they said.

About 120 people came to protest, many crowding around the county manager’soffice at the special called meeting. Several residents had picket signs andsaid they were thankful for the county’s decision and hope to do moreresearch showing why the project is bad for the area.

CSX wants to build an intermodal east of the city of Chester along S.C. 9about five miles from Interstate 77.

The intermodal terminal would accept highway trailers and containers thatarrive by rail or truck, said Meg Sacks, a company spokeswoman.

Trailers unloaded from rail cars would be hauled by truck to their destination.Likewise, trailers that arrive by truck are loaded onto rail cars. Sackssaid most of the containers hold consumer goods, such as sneakers,televisions and DVD players.

The property being considered for rezoning is owned by SpringlandAssociates. The rezoning was being conducted so the parcel would have thesame designation as surrounding industrial property, said Karlisa Parker,Chester County’s economic development director.The rezoning wasn’t required by CSX but to help market the parcels for otherpotential industry, Parker said.

Two of the required votes already had been conducted. The final vote broughtout residents who said they were just learning of the project.