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Borough Hall Site to Become Senior Center?

Petra Community Housing wants to turn the 140 Church Street property into an apartment complex for seniors and adults with disabilities.

While it’s still unclear what Phoenixville will do with its 140 Church Street property once the borough hall , it looks unlikely that it will become a senior center, according to The Phoenix.

At its July 9 meeting, after hearing Steve Kambic, executive director of Petra Community Housing, outline a proposal where his group would buy the lot through a joint appraisal with the borough, knock down the present hall, and then erect an affordable housing complex for seniors and those with disabilities in its place, the council blanched.

“I think this doesn’t serve the interests of the community,” councilman Christopher Bauers said.

Middle Ward representative Jenn Mayo and Mayor Leo Scoda were skeptical of the purchasing framework Kambic proposed; which would rely on a joint appraisal to arrive at a sale price, then subtract the cost of environmental remediation and demolishing the hall.

“I don’t think we can do this in a joint manner,” Scoda said. “We own the property and we want to get the best value for the property.”

Mayo added after the meeting that while the Petra proposal will be considered, their pitch was the first of many the council will hear.

Ed Roper July 26, 2012 at 02:28 PM
How about turning it into some sort of community center, since we already own it.
Rod L July 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
How about selling it and help pay off the massive debt we just accumulated by building a new Borough hall in the middle of a recession with taxes going up every year.
Richard A Breuer July 26, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I thought that a major reason for a new Borough hall is that the old one had become unmaintainable at reasonable cost. If that's true, then the Borough needs to get rid of the old building, once the new one is occupied. The general rule under state law for disposition of real estate by a borough is sale by public bidding, although there are some exceptions. If, on the other hand, the Borough were to re-purpose the present building, doesn't that undermine the very reason that was advanced for building a new one?
Ed Roper July 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Seems like size of the building was also a factor. Phoenixville has grown and the building hasn't. But if the building were gutted and re-purposed into a community center or the like, would that cost more than building from the ground up. I dunno. All i know is I'm a fan of creative reuse. Especially if it benefits the community as a whole.
Ike July 26, 2012 at 06:23 PM
So if they can fix this for a SR.. CENTER , THAN WHY DIDNT THEY FI IT FOR THE BORO HALL? IS IT CHEAPER TO FIX IT UP FOR A SR. CENTER , THAN IT WAS FOR THE BORO HALL? ...........NOW THEY BETTER GET RID OF IT , IF THEY WERE NOT BULL TALKING US!!!! .... WELL I DONT THINK THEY WOULD BULL TALK US ,,, IAM I RIGHT???? ................................PLEASE NO SMART BUTT REPLY TO MY POST FROM THE SWEEPERS!
Richard A Breuer July 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Yes. The borough population in 2010 was 16,440, while it was 14,788 in 2000. But it was 15,066 in 1990, with the same borough hall. So, the 2010 population is only 1,374 more than in 1990. A little hard to understand why that kind of population increase would necessitate a larger building.
. July 26, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Ike, are you comments serious or are you just here to provide comic relief? Seriously, your remarks and grammar seem like a joke but I'm not sure.
Tony Riley-Hill July 27, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Ike-go back to your office and file a motion against the boro since that's what lawyers do..
Ike July 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Well ,Dick Hurtz, both, and with a name like yours looks like you have a sence of humor.But could you tell me about this? The cost? Its the same no m,atter what they do down there , SO WHAT ANTONEY, PLEASE DO NOT TALK TO ME-------Why if some dont agree with ya they must be MEAN to ya.

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