Location of Conshohocken in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Forty-nine years ago, Conshohocken leaders began crafting a comprehensive plan to transform the grimy old mill town into a modern, livable municipality, albeit a small one.
At just over one square mile, Conshohocken is shoehorned into a bend of the Schuylkill River, but is within earshot of I-476 and the Schuylkill Expressway, two of the region’s major arteries.
It took several decades, but between the vision of past leaders and the impact of that pair of highways, Conshohocken has become one of the region’s hottest neighborhoods, with sleek condo towers, destination restaurants and corporate headquarters along the waterfront, and a locally owned, family-friendly strip of restaurants, bars, and stores along Fayette Street.
Over the last decade, Conshohocken’s population has grown younger, wealthier and whiter, according to U.S. Census data.
Our mission is to provide and maintain superior municipal services in a safe and controlled community setting, keeping within the designated financial constraints as set forth in our annual budget, in order to attract and retain responsible property owners, businesses and community leaders that will continue to assist in our improvement and growth for the future, while remembering our P.R.I.D.E.
P.R.I.D.E. Core Values
P – Plan – We will accept that change is inevitable, and PLAN accordingly for the future.
R – Responsible – We will manage our financial and human resources in a RESPONSIBLE manner.
I – Interests – We will consider the INTERESTS of the entire community in decision making
D – Deliver – We will strive to DELIVER superior services to the tax and rate payers.
E – Equity – We will treat everyone and every situation with EQUITY and fairness.
Adopted and approved by Pottstown Borough Council October 11, 2011.
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.