Senior Housing Plan Presented In Norristown For Vacant Montgomery Hospital Building

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NORRISTOWN, PA — The consensus of public opinion Tuesday night about a proposal to build 100 independent-living apartments for seniors and a senior support building at the former Montgomery Hospital site on Powell Street was largely positive.

More than 25 Norristown residents heard the first public presentation of the plans by the Elon Group of Fort Washington at the Montgomery County Human Services Center from Francis Vargas, vice president of the Elon Group, and several executives from Einstein Healthcare Network (EHN), which owns the 365,000-square-foot, seven-story building and 3.7-acre parcel.

“The proposal is not much different from last year as far as the senior housing,” said Norristown Councilwoman Linda Christian. “Last year the proposal was for the overall, same amount of units that was denied by the funders.”

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140213/senior-housing-plan-presented-in-norristown-for-vacant-montgomery-hospital-building

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Limerick Officials Pleased With Developer’s Revised Plans

Location of Limerick Township in Montgomery County

Location of Limerick Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LIMERICK TOWNSHIP, PA — Two weeks after his revamped plan for a development featuring four-story buildings and higher densities met strong opposition from the township officials, Mark Quigley appears to have found a happy compromise.

“I appreciate you looking at it again,” Supervisor Kara Shuler said after Quigley presented his new plan at the July 16 supervisors’ meeting.

“I have to really commend you for the way you did this,” said supervisors’ Chairman Joseph St. Pedro.  “You listened to us and you went back (and worked on it) and came back and presented to us … I have no problems with this.”

Originally, Quigley presented a development at the corner of Ridge and Swamp pikes consisting almost entirely of townhouses and commercial space.  One of its big draws was that it would link Lewis Road with Swamp Pike.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130724/NEWS01/130729940/limerick-officials-pleased-with-developer-s-revised-plans#full_story

Norristown Planning Commission To Review Senior Housing Proposal For Former Kennedy-Kenrick High School

Location of Norristown in Montgomery County

Location of Norristown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NORRISTOWN ­­— The proposed 208-unit senior housing project at the former Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School will add 69 new vehicle trips during the weekday AM “peak” hour and 93 new vehicle trips during the weekday PM “peak” hour, according to a traffic impact study submitted to the Norristown Planning Commission.

The June 27 study, produced by Traffic Planning and Design (TPD) of Pottstown, and the preliminary site plans by the developer, Hallman Retirement Neighborhoods of Pottstown, will be reviewed by the planning commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The proposed $50 million project will include 46 units and a community center in the former high school, two multi-family buildings with a total of 98 units, 28 townhouses and two single-family homes for residential staff on the main school property at Johnson Highway and Arch Street.  The plan also calls for the former convent building to be razed and a 36-unit building and a separate, two-story retail/medical office building to be built in the former parking lot off Arch Street.

Two driveways will be built on Johnson Highway including a full-access driveway and a limited-access (egress only) driveway located 200 feet west of Arch Street.  full-access driveways will be built on Arch Street.

Read more:  http://www.timesherald.com/article/20130708/NEWS01/130709735/norristown-planning-commission-to-review-senior-housing-proposal-for-former-kennedy-kenrick-high-school

Code Blue To Hold Informational Protest At Pottstown City Hall Prior To Council Meeting

At 6 pm tonight, civic activist group Code Blue is holding an informational protest in front of City Hall, prior to this evening’s 7 pm council meeting.  Code Blue opposes the construction of low-income senior housing along the Schuylkill River at the former Lincoln underwear factory.  The group invites you to come out and learn why they are opposed to this plan.  If you care to join them to demonstrate your displeasure, feel free to stop by.

This is an critical meeting tonight with many important items on the agenda.  You owe it to yourself, as a resident of Pottstown, to come out and make sure your voice is heard.

Senior Housing Proposed For Pottstown Riverfront

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Evan Brandt wrote an article in today’s Mercury about a proposal from a developer to build senior housing along Industrial Highway at Evans Street.   

IMHO (and I always have one) there are certainly better things to build along the riverfront than senior housing.  Why are we not looking at places like Manayunk for inspiration??? http://www.manayunk.com/  

The reasons given for being excited about this proposal make no sense.  Seniors on fixed incomes are not going to help revitalize downtown Pottstown.  If that were the case Smith & Sydney Pollock Towers would have already made an impact as they are on High Street.  

If we want Pottstown to be a destination, then we need to think along the lines of Manayunk, not Sun City http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_City,_Arizona  

Great project, wrong location.  We oppose.  

You can read Evan’s article here:  

http://www.pottstownmercury.com/articles/2010/09/09/news/doc4c8936b6945c9409554711.txt