Friday, September 14, 2012
Much has been made since the June 18 groundbreaking ceremony.
Though the project is still in the early stages, Phoenixville's new $5.59 million borough hall is starting to take shape. While construction is yet to begin in earnest on the building, located on the 300 block of Bridge Street, the ground is being prepared for the effort. The 20,000 square foot complex is slated to open in spring of 2013.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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 moves a few blocks Bridge Street in spring 2013, 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 …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The $5.59 million, 20,000 square foot structure is expected to be completed by next spring.
“Only time will tell whether our judgement in doing this is strong or not,” admitted president Richard Kirkner before breaking ground on the controversial new $5.59 million borough hall he and the council approved on May 29. On Monday night at least, their judgment looked sound. In a June 18 ceremony attended by a who’s who of local political and civic leaders, Phoenixville celebrated the groundbreaking of the 20,000 square foot complex that will hold its public meetings, police department, and jail for what officials hope will be decades to come. “I think this project is just a further exemplification of the revitalization [of Phoenixville] continuing,” Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello told the small crowd–whose attendees …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Several council members express concerns over accessibility and office layout.
Tuesday’s Phoenixville Borough Council meeting was punctuated by some serious discussion on the design of the new borough hall at 351 Bridge Street. The subject was opened for debate because council needed to act to approve or deny the building’s Historical and Architectural Review Board (HARB) application. The issues also came up during committee reports, where it was mentioned during the infrastructure committee report. The primary concern seemed to be accessibility for disabled people as well as for residents who need to pay sewer, water or tax bills. The motion before council was to hold a public meeting and open house, with renderings of the new building, in order to further discuss the project. Council president Richard Kirkner and …