Countdown to October 17 Common Pleas hearing on K-Center Sale



What is happening next?
PAFOS advocates are planning for the upcoming critical dates in our advocacy of making the Kindergarten YOUR NEW PARK.
October 11 – 7PM – Boro Council -3 Min Public Comment – We are advocating Eminent Domain. Read more…
October 17 – 9:30AM – Court Rm 12 Hearing, Chester Cty Justice Center, 201 W. Market St, West Chester, PA 19380. See you there!

Have you seen our new SAVE THE K-CENTER Yard Signs?
Want to put your money where your mouth is?
We’re asking for $50 donation (or pay what you can!!) to our GoFundMe to help fund our legal fees. Email us at pxvareafriendsofopenspace@gmail.com and we will deliver your sign to you. It’s an easy way to add your voice to the call for your NEW PARK at the K-Ctr.

Can you join us to plant the HOPE OAK at the K-Ctr . We are still planning the event
Come out an be with your people, Druids!  Check PAFOS Facebook for updates and details

On Oct 17, at the Court of Common Pleas hearing will decide either to:
Approve the sale to Toll Brothers
…or

Delay the sale until our Sunshine Case is resolved
…or
Deny the sale and listen to the people who want this open space to be saved and have the Boro Council purchase the property through Eminent Domain.

Once open space is gone, it’s gone forever!!!

MORE INFO….

Kindergarden Center Photo Album
PAFOS Calendar of Meetings and Events you can attendAdd to my calendar
PAFOS role in the upcoming Court of Common Pleas proceedings
What does the Comprehensive Plan say?
The story of how we got here
Who really owns your neighborhood school?



Phoenixville Area Friends of Open Space

The Phoenixville Green Team, Phoenixville Area Transition have joined with other open space and greenway trail advocates, local neighbors and school district residents to form the Phoenixville Area Friends of Open Space (PAFOS)



Stop the Sale of the Kindergarten Center
at the Dogwood Festival.

We had a great time at the Dogwood Festival. Our float was a hit and we met so many people who support saving the K-Ctr. See the photo album here.

We are moving forward to petition the Chester County Court of Common Pleas to reject the School District’ petition for the sale’s approval. We think the taxpayers have already paid for this land. This is our open space. Will you help to fund our legal representation and accurate financial analysis in the fight to protect our land and keep our taxes lower?

We have a vision, we have a plan, we can do it ….
With your help!
Now it’s time for you to act.

Thank you to those who have contributed to the Stop the Sale of the Kindergarten Center
gofundme campaign. We need everyone to help a little. We are raising $30,000 to preserve the most significant remaining piece of public open space in Phoenixville. We have petitioned the Chester County Court of Common Pleas and hope you will contribute to the legal representation and associated costs in this fight to protect our land and keep our taxes lower.
We can meet this goal if just 1,000 of Phoenixville’s school district’s 18,000 residents can contribute $30 each. Go to the site gofundme for more info.

  1. CONTRIBUTE to the S.O.S. GOFUNDME 
  2. SIGN the petition titled: Save OPEN SPACE in Phoenixville – Start a Kindergarten Working Group to do the Right Thing. If you already have, pass it on to friend of open space.
  3. TAKE the Kindergarten Center Future Poll. If you already have, pass it on to friend of open space.
  4. EMAIL your Council Members and the School Board telling them to Save this Open Space.
  5. CONTACT the Green Team to join the Phoenixville Area Friends of Open Space team.

Today….now, be the change you want to see in the world.

IT’S OUR OPEN SPACE




What does the Public say?

The ongoing poll started on Dec 6, 2021 conducted by the Phoenixville Green Team and the Phoenixville Area Transition continues to show overwhelming support and excitement for preserving the open space and creating a new Learning Center developed by the Boro. The new Learning Center vision is being linked to the Boro’s new PHXNEO facility up 2nd Ave.  PHXNEO has jump started the Boro’s growing commitment to meeting their 2017 Phoenixville Borough Vision for a future with 100% Renewable Energy.

The current poll results shows how 693 residents want the Kindergarten Ctr to remain in public hands and become a new park and venue for learning and community development. The advocates say there is strong public support for the Boro Development plans.


BACKGROUND SUMMARY

MARCH 28th VOTE SUMMARY

Over 50 advocates pleaded to delay the vote and to create a Working Group to find a way to preserve the school property. They urged the School Board to listen to the 777 poll respondents and 833 stakeholders of the S.O.S – Save Open Space petition supporting the Boro’s $1.8M bid to redevelop the school into a Learning Center and preserve the open space. Advocates were in disbelief in how the School Board considers public participation and what their action teaches the students.

The Board has received 4 offers for the property, ranging from $1.75 million to $3.9 million. Please click here for details about each of the offers.

The Borough of Phoenixville is one of the bidders for this property.  
A recent video outlines the Borough plans for the SoMax HTC project at the Waste Water Treatment Plant adjacent to the Kindergarten Center.  It includes a brief description of the Education Center planned if they acquire our property.


Kindergarten Center Imagining Meeting 

IMAGINE…

On Monday November 1st, Phoenixville Area Transition and the Green team hosted an  IMAGINING workshop. We explored what the Kindergarten Center at 2nd Ave / 100 School Lane might might become if the people of Phoenixville act NOW to support the Boro of Phoenixville’s purchase of the property.  The poll opened on Dec 6, 2021 reflects the many ideas for the Learning Center to make this property’s transition a product of our community’s imagination and vision for a green Phoenixville

What if the Kindergarten Center 
was owned by the Phoenixville Community?

Imagine a new environmental/educational center nestled in a green space close to the river.
Imagine a trail along that river connecting to the network of trails throughout the Borough.
Imagine a new borough park with playing fields, woods, and paths to explore.
Imagine educational programs in a renovated schoolhouse offering science, technology, engineering, arts, and technology to all residents.
Imagine 18,000 square feet of building saved from the landfill.
Imagine 7.4 acres of open green space saved from the bulldozer.
Imagine what we as a community could do with our old kindergarten center.
Imagine what a reinvigorated Borough could do if the School Board will allow us to IMAGINE.


Phoenixville Area Transition and Phoenixville Green Team Partnership

The Phoenixville Green Team and the Phoenixville Area Transition, along with residents and other Open Space / Trail advocates have organized an initiative to prevent the sale of the 2nd Avenue / School  Lane Kindergarten Center by the Phoenixville Area School District Board. This initiative commenced a comprehensive Town Hall process to imagine what is possible if the public is engaged to create a green and sustainable community use of this property.

Phoenixville Area Transition is a movement to expand community resilience by reorienting the local economy and culture to nature and personal relationships. We are transitioning from dependence on the Industrial Growth Society to interdependence with each other and with nature.  

The Green Team has been advocating for the Phoenixville Greenway since 1989, and this property sale to high density developers will remove Open Space from the Boro and eliminate the opportunity for Greenway / Trail development south along the river. See drawing for reference.

Once open space is developed, it’s gone FOREVER.

What are you waiting for? Take action!