SANATOGA PA – Although only a small portion of 443 Highland Rd., Pottstown, lies within Lower Pottsgrove Township – the bulk of the property is on the borough’s side of the border – it nonetheless meant that the private Wyndcroft School had to seek approval for its expansion plans there from the township Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners.
Last week, both said “yes” to the project.
Wyndcroft, 1395 Wilson St., Pottstown, was founded in 1918 and serves children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grades. It intends to renovate and expand the former estate home on Highland Road for use as its new $1.9 million early education center and multi-purpose area. The school portion should be ready by this fall; the second, playground-like expansion isn’t expected to be completed until 2013.
About 50 linear feet of the property along Mulberry Street on the township’s central west side are within Lower Pottsgrove’s jurisdiction, Assistant Manager Alyson Elliott explained Thursday (June 21, 2012) to commissioners. They granted the school’s request for a waiver of the township’s land development process, because most of that work has already been done by Pottstown officials.
Lower Pottsgrove planners, who met Monday (June 18), recommended the waiver but also suggested Wyndcroft install a sidewalk on a portion of Mulberry for future public access there. School representatives told commissioners they accepted the planners’ request but, if given a choice, would rather not. After lengthy conversation, board members ultimately agreed with the planners, but not unanimously; Commissioner Stephen Klotz voted against the proposal.
The greatest impact on the township from Wyndcroft’s expansion, according to Elliott, is a reduction in storm water problems, thanks to drainage installations that accompany the project.
To help lessen the school’s costs, the township and borough are cooperating in many of the agreements necessary for the work to continue, Elliott said. Interior renovations to the building itself began in April.
Klotz, who objected primarily to the sidewalk request, asked that the board receive information about future projects with more advance notice, so they could be better studied before its meetings. His colleagues agreed.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ June 21 meeting):
- Commissioners OK Wyndcroft School Expansion Plans
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