Developer David Mermelstein owns the site of the former Stanley Flagg company. David would like to develop 29 acres in POTTSTOWN BOROUGH into a green energy business. If you read today’s Our View in the Mercury it goes into detail about the business Mr. Mermelstein would like to create in Pottstown.
If you read my post about the Logan Triangle area of Philadelphia, that site is 35 acres. The City of York is developing a massive brownfield site which is also 29 acres. You can read about that on here as well. This Stanley Flagg proposal represents a HUGE investment and should be taken very seriously!
Pottstown’s Keystone Opportunity Zone has been created for a while now and as far as I know only one business is located there?? The Flagg site is industrial and not close to a lot of residential areas. David appears willing to make many concessions to ensure this plant will not negatively impact the quality of life here in Pottstown. This would create jobs and generate revenue for Pottstown Borough.
Mr. Mermelstein said the reception he received was “positive, but not glowing.” Let us hope this proposal is seriously considered. If other investors see Pottstown as easy to work with, more investment will be forthcoming into the borough instead of all around it ala Upland Square and Commerce Corner for starters.
This is a golden opportunity to start the ball rolling. Let’s remove the stone wall as depicted in today’s Mercury cartoon so the development train doesn’t once again skirt Pottstown for a more business-friendly suburb.
If you have been downtown lately, you will notice there is construction going on next to Harleysville Bank First Niagara Bank. The old SEPTA train platform area is being renovated and transformed into an intermodal transportation center. This is a much-needed improvement for Pottstown. Currently, PART’s main transfer point is right in front of Argento’s restaurant and in the middle of the very busy High & Hanover Street intersection. Those big buses take up a lot of room!
Wisely, our borough government has applied for and been awarded a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create the intermodal transportation center. A transportation center makes SENSE! If you have ever been to Norristown’s transportation center you will see how organized this makes using mass transit. Pottstown is unique as we are the only municipality in Montgomery County to have our own mass transit system. Pottstown also has SEPTA service along with PART.
As I am constantly posting and hinting around about Pottstown getting grants to pay for improvements, I feel it is only fair that we give public recognition to the borough for obtaining one! Nice going and let’s get some more :).
The small borough of Trumbauersville, Bucks County, is ensuring their rental properties are up to snuff! Trumbauersville Council has approved annual rental inspections and property owners are required to have a residential rental license (yes, there is fee) for each unit. Much larger Quakertown has similar ordinances on their books. Trumbauersville is located in Milford Township over near Quakertown.
These new regulations are a direct result of problems which have been reported to the borough and in some cases involved out-of-town property owners (absentee landlords). There are 50 rental properties in this .4 square mile borough of 1059 souls.
Recently, a fire inspection of a vacant rental property found maggots in the refrigerator and 5 dump trucks full of trash inside. The Code Enforcement Officer will use a checklist and report his findings to the property owner who in turn has a set amount of time to make corrections or appeal them to Borough Council.
This ordinance has some teeth to it (imagine that). Landlords living more than 20 miles from town must has a property manager living or working within 20 miles of the borough or a license will not be granted. If tenants have three disruptive conduct reports on file within a twelve month period, they will be evicted (disruptive conduct includes public drunkenness and fighting for example). Violations of the new ordinance can lead to fines or imprisonment!
Some food for thought if we are serious about cleaning up slumlord and rental property issues in Pottstown. If tiny Trumbauersville can do it, why can’t Pottstown!?!