PASD Will Appeal East Pikeland Elementary Decision

After a surprise rejection by the East Pikeland Zoning Hearing Board last month, the district will attempt to move ahead with the renovation.

By a unanimous vote at Thursday’s meeting, the Phoenixville Area School District’s board of directors decided to appeal the East Pikeland Zoning Hearing Board’s rejection of its plans to renovate East Pikeland Elementary, The Mercury is reporting.

PASD superintendent Alan Fegley told the paper that the project, which the district spent 17 months in hearings over before the surprising October 24 decision by the township, will put a “two to three year hold, if not more, on where we’re going with East Pikeland.”

Stan Johnson, PASD’s executive director of operations, added that the delay would add cost to the project, which has already run the district approximately $1.5 million. During the recession construction was relatively inexpensive, he said, but the price has since risen and is expected to rise further.

Read the full story here.

Previous Phoenixville Patch coverage on the East Pikeland Elementary renovation proposal:

  • East Pikeland Says 'No' to PASD Elementary School Proposal
  • Scientist: Pesticides 'Unlikely' to Pose Threat to School
  • East Pikeland Supervisors OK Waivers for Elementary School
  • East Pikeland Elementary Survey 'Very Positive'
  • East Pikeland Geophysical Survey Reveals No Dieldrin Source on School Site
  • School District Moving Along with East Pikeland Testing
  • East Pikeland School Waiver Requests Tabled
  • PASD Will Do Environmental Tests on East Pikeland Elementary Land
DJ2 November 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM
The phrasing was probably poor. However, construction for schools during the recession was much cheaper than normal in both costs and interest rates for the loans. It's a shame a few residents are acting this way.
Barbara Ray November 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Outrage should be directed at PASD for continuing to waste taxpayer money, not the East Pikeland Zoning Board or neighbors. The ruling by East Pikeland may have been a surprise to PASD, but should not have been to anyone who knows a smidgeon about zoning. The proposed plans for East Pikeland were essentially outrageous from a zoning perspective from the get-go, and neighbors repeatedly told PASD the same. Compromise was offered on several occassions by the neighbors to have the basic size of the plan reduced, but refused and dismissed by PASD. The basic requirement for the zoning district is no more than 20% impervious cover. The current school is already in non-conformance to that with 23% impervious cover, and there is precedence that when major renovations/rebuilding are performed on a non-conforming site, the goal is to get the site into conformance, not worsen the non-conformity by proposing a plan with 41% impervious cover. There are many other major issues with the proposed plan that simply could not be approved by the most liberal of boards. PASD has to realize major real compromise and reductions in the plan or find another site. This appeal will be another waste of time and taxpayer money with the same result. RM
1 November 21, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Sounds like more NIMBY nonsense to me. Let me guess Barbara, you don't have kids in school so therefore it's not really important to fix a building that is damn near falling down?
2 November 21, 2012 at 07:57 PM
if the building was "damn near falling down" then there would be a proposal to fix it. not a proposal to more than double the already-in-violation-of-the-zoning-laws impervious surface rule. they cant win, but they seem incapable of stepping back and realizing any mistake, ever.
Peter C. Brown December 05, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Nimby nonsense!? Give us a break. This is about doing the right thing and following the rules and regulations and the laws in the process - just like any other developer of land.The building is nearly falling down? Really? Are you implying that the School District is not taking appropriate safety precautions for the children and other inhabitants of the school?


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