Borough hall auction on hold
Borough Hall sale on hold
PHOENIXVILLE Phoenixville will hold off on auctioning its old Borough Hall in hopes of reaping a higher payoff once sweeping zoning changes take effect, according to officials.
"We're not in any hurry to sell the property," Borough Manager Jean Krack said. "If zoning changes that are going . . . through the borough present greater opportunity, we want to be able to capture that so we can get more bang for the buck out of that building."
The new Borough Hall on Bridge Street opened in August, and the old Church Street building was scheduled to be auctioned in September. Krack said the sale will be held in the spring.
He said he expected whoever buys the building would demolish it. He said the borough's new zoning laws - which will remove traditional setback regulations and allow developments to be tailored to the buildings that surround each parcel - should bring a higher price for the property.
Krack declined to give the building's appraised value.
Despite the delayed sale, Borough Council has already voted on how the money should be spent. Krack said it passed a resolution to put the money toward improvements at Reeves Park, repairs on the exterior of the civic center, and development of a park on Dayton Street.
The resolution isn't binding. And with elections a few weeks off, it's possible the next Borough Council could vote to put the money elsewhere, Krack said.
Mayor Leo Scoda voted against the resolution, saying he would rather see the money used in the operating budget to offset taxes. He said he considered vetoing the resolution but decided against it because it wasn't binding.
- Tricia L. Nadolny