Developers Looking At St. Pius Property On Keim Street

SANATOGA PA – In a sure sign the local real estate market is again heating up after several years of sparse activity in what was a sluggish economy, at least three potential developers have inquired during the past eight months about buying the property of the former St. Pius X High School at 844 N. Keim St., Lower Pottsgrove incoming Manager Ed Wagner reports.

The former Pius X High School on North Keim Street, now the temporary home of Pottsgrove's Ringing Rocks Elementary School students, on Sunday afternoon still offered a departing message to the borough. It likely will be changed before Tuesday, when kindergarten pupils are wlecomed for orientation.

Pius X High School on North Keim Street during 2010

Wagner, during the township Board of Commissioners’ meeting Dec. 2 (2013; Monday), said the most recent expression of interest in the property was received several weeks ago from a builder interested in creating apartment-style residences there to be marketed primarily to buyers age 65 and older.

The proposal, Wagner said, involved one or more mid-rise buildings of between two and three stories, containing an unknown number of units. The developer indicated the existing building would be razed and the land cleared if plans progressed. The name of the developer was not disclosed, nor is it known if an offer for the property has been made to its owner, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Construction of St. Pius X was completed in 1955, and the building was used for more than 50 years as a private Roman Catholic high school. It was vacated in 2010 when the archdiocese finished building its successor, Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford PA, about 10 miles east. During 2012, the Pius building was used by the Pottsgrove School District to house students from Ringing Rocks Elementary School during its renovation and expansion.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Dec. 2 meeting):