There are two projects being proposed that would have a significant impact on Pottstown‘s southern gateway, aka Hanover Street.
The first proposed project is the construction of a LEED certified building on a vacant lot that once housed a gas station. The lot is in the flood plain and needs further remediation but the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation is looking to build a 5,000-square-foot building on the lot as their permanent home in downtown Pottstown. The Health and Wellness Foundation currently rents space in the former First Fidelity Building at the corner of High and Hanover Streets.
The Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation was created when Pottstown Memorial Medical Center was sold to Community Health Systems (CHS) of Brentwood, Tennessee. The foundation has given various borough and greater Pottstown organizations millions of dollars in grant money since its inception. Pottstown Memorial Medical Center is Pottstown’s largest employer. Since the sale to CHS, the seven-story hospital has been remodeled and services have been expanded.
The second project is the conversion of the former home of AAA into administrative offices and classrooms for Montgomery County Community College. The West Campus of Montgomery County Community College has been a great asset to Pottstown. It provides affordable education for Tri-County residents and has already expanded to High Street. When the original building was outgrown, a second site on High Street was created from an adaptive reuse project using an old warehouse. Now the college is looking for more space as it continues to grow.
The building being eyes for redevelopment is on S. Hanover Street and formerly housed AAA, Domino’s Pizza and an employment agency. It has been vacant since AAA moved their headquarters to Limerick Township.
Education and medicine are being used successfully by many communities as vehicles for economic development and revitalization. These two projects would leverage existing entities within Pottstown Borough and strengthen their ties to our community.
I am unaware that Pottstown has any LEED certified buildings within its borders. The construction of this new facility could be the beginning of more LEED certified buildings in our community.