SANATOGA PA – Confirmation that a new tenant is interested in occupying the former Rite Aid Pharmacy building at 2217 E. High St., one of the most prominent real estate vacancies currently available in Sanatoga village, arrived Tuesday (June 25, 2013) from, of all places, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The DEP required a legal advertisement, which was published in print and online, to announce that the third-of-an-acre property and 13,813-square-foot building is the object of a “proposed redevelopment” called “FMC Lower Pottsgrove.” As was predicted earlier this month during a township Board of Commissioners’ meeting, the project would consist of a 21-station patient dialysis center that includes 3,235 square feet of office space.
Public notice must be given because wastewater flow from the site, due to dialysis processing, would increase by about 7,800 gallons daily. That effluent must be handled at sewage treatment facilities owned by the borough of Pottstown, and under state regulations Lower Pottsgrove’s ability to transmit that amount via its new and enlarged pipelines is subject to review.
Township residents and other members of the public have 30 days in which to examine and comment on the project’s “Sewage Facilities Planning Module” documents and plans. The package is currently on file at the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., and is available Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to the notice.
The building was constructed during 2004, according to property listing information available on the LoopNet commercial real estate website, updated as recently as 27 days ago. At that time, the property was being advertised for lease with a minimum term of 15 months at a rate of $100 per square foot per year, or about $1.38 million.