POTTSTOWN — Say goodbye to the crumbling eyesore, say hello to Pottstown’s second community garden.
The continuing efforts by the Mosaic Community Land Trust to transform falling-down buildings and lots into productive assets took another step forward this week with the demolition of 615 Chestnut St.; the vacant site of a former neighborhood store will soon become a place where local residents can grow food for their tables and flowers for their enjoyment.
The property was owned for several years “by a fellow down in Philadelphia who eventually gave up on owning the property because he didn’t want to have to pay to demolish it, so he donated it to the land trust,” said David Jackson, chairman of the land trust’s board of directors.
That leverage, he said, was the result of pressure from the borough codes department, which cited the property repeatedly for violations.
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