A medical office building for eye doctors, to be built on about 2 acres of land in front and just north of The Home Depot store at 295 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown PA, won land development approval last night (Oct. 7, 2008) from the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Board of Commissioners, the township’s governing body.
Although the project bears a Pottstown mailing address, the property lies within the township.
The offices, of about 9,500 square feet, are being developed by Pottstown Medical Building Associates for Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. The ophthalmic specialties practice of 16 physicians currently has offices at 1503 Sunset Dr., Pottstown, as well as in Wyomissing PA and Pottsville PA.
In describing the project for commissioners, township Assistant Manager Alyson Elliott said the building had ample parking, sufficient landscaping, and was recommended for approval by Lower Pottsgrove’s planning board. “A few fairly minor outstanding concerns” must still be addressed by the developer, she said. Ordinance waivers will be required on ground contours and stormwater management, and the proposal must return to commissioners for approval of the building’s exterior look and placement.
Board member Anthony Doyle said he hoped developers would have “cut down” the size and slope of a retaining wall on the northeast side of the property, both to improve its appearance and create sidewalk access for the public. “I guess we’ll have to pay for that ourselves later,” Doyle said, referring to the township. Similar concerns were expressed by planning board members when they reviewed a sketch plan of the project last January.
However, Commission Vice President Jonathan Spadt suggested the plan as submitted to the board “merited approval to maintain the township’s business-friendly status.” His fellow board members, including Doyle, agreed. Officially, township Resolution 781 of 2008 addressing the land development plan was unanimously adopted.
The plan does show sidewalks in a portion of the project, Elliott noted. The township also received an easement across the property for a future trail that would connect with other parts of a proposed trail system, she said.
Related (from the Oct. 6, 2008, Lower Pottsgrove Commissioners’ meeting):