START IMAGING A NEW COMMUNITY PROPERTY PRESERVING THE OPEN SPACE AND THE ADAPTIVE REUSE OF THE 18,000 SF BUILDING FOR PUBLIC USE
STOP THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SALE
OF THE KINDERGARTEN CTR TO DEVELOPERS

The Phoenixville Green Team and Phoenixville Area Transition have created a poll to explore the public’s input into the future of the Kindergarten Center.


The vacant Phoenixville Area School District (School District) Kindergarten Center is a 7.4 acre site, with 2+ acres of woods and an 18000 SF building. The District plans to sell the property and bids have been offered by developers and the Boro of Phoenixville (Boro). The Boro’s offer is $1.8M contingent on receiving grant funding. The Boro proposes to keep the open space and convert the Building into a Learning Center. Toll Brothers’ offer is $3.9M to build a high density residential development.

The District has postponed the decision to allow the Boro to enhance and clarify their Bid. Our understanding is that the primary concerns of District are:

  1. Loss of revenue in the sale and on future real estate taxes
  2. Uncertainty if the 7.4 acres will remain open space, and how the 18,000 SF building will be developed and programmed for the benefit of the District students.
  3. Terms of the Bid, which include a three year payout to the District, and the purchase being contingent on grant funding.

We invite you to take this poll and have your opinion heard by the Boro and the School District. The poll is short and will take several minutes. Check the Kindergarten Center webpage for more information and updates.

The Phoenixville Green Team and Phoenixville Area Transition have created a poll to explore the public’s input into the future of the Kindergarten Center.

The vacant Phoenixville Area School District (School District) Kindergarten Center is a 7.4 acre site, with 2+ acres of woods and an 18000 SF building. The District plans to sell the property and bids have been offered by developers and the Boro of Phoenixville (Boro). The Boro’s offer is $1.8M contingent on receiving grant funding. The Boro proposes to keep the open space and convert the Building into a Learning Center. Toll Brothers’ offer is $3.9M to build a high density residential development.

The District has postponed the decision to allow the Boro to enhance and clarify their Bid. Our understanding is that the primary concerns of District are:

  1. Loss of revenue in the sale and on future real estate taxes
  2. Uncertainty if the 7.4 acres will remain open space, and how the 18,000 SF building will be developed and programmed for the benefit of the District students.
  3. Terms of the Bid, which include a three year payout to the District, and the purchase being contingent on grant funding.

We invite you to take this poll and have your opinion heard by the Boro and the School District. The poll is short and will take several minutes. Check the Kindergarten Center webpage for more information and updates.

Show-up, Stand-up, Speak-UP!

Phoenixville Boro Invites PASD to partner in starting Park and STEM Learning Ctr at Kindergarten Ctr

PASD Board Postpones Vote on Kindergarten Center Sale to Boro of Phoenixville till 2022.

Phoenixville Boro Invited the PASD to Partner in Developing Park and STEM Learning Ctr at Kindergarten Ctr on Nov 10. Jean Krack presented the Plan for the Transition of the Kindergarten Center at 2nd Ave / 100 School Lane to Boro Park and Educational Center. He provided a vision for maintaining the open space and the adaptive re-use of the 18,00SF building into a STEM facility. The Boro committed to seeking funds for acquisition and program development funding. All in attendance supported the Boro’s plan of building a broad public/private partnership with local businesses, universities, and non-profits. All called for more engagement from the Boro and PASD School Board and reaching out for partner’s to help develop and fund the properties use by the public.

BACKGROUND SUMMARY

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. We have invited the members of the Phoenixville Borough Council to join us on November 4th.


Kindergarten Center Imagining Meeting 

On Monday November 1st, Phoenixville Area Transition and the Green team hosted an  IMAGINING workshop. We explores what the Kindergarten Center at 2nd Ave / 100 School Lane might become if the people of Phoenixville act NOW to support the Boro of Phoenixville’s purchase of the property.  The poll 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

IMAGINE

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.

Please attend the meeting on NOV 4 & NOV 10, to persuade the School Board to hold off selling this property. Currently there are 4 bids for the property. We can build support with your help for having this land remain in use for the public. At the October 18 meeting, advocates were successful in stopping a vote on the sale.

The Boro has offered a Bid to Purchase the 7.4 Acre property for Open Space and a Community Center. We need time to assist the Boro in the visioning and purchase funding of the property.

We need public support for a comprehensive community engagement process including the School Board, the Boro, the residents, and the school district stakeholders in East Pikeland and Schuylkill Townships.

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 are organizing an initiative to prevent the sale of the 2nd Avenue / School  Lane Kindergarten Center by the Phoenixville Area School District Board. This initiative will commence 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.

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