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School Board Grants Development’s Emergency Access

School Board Grants Development's Emergency Access

A stake marks an easement granted for the Coddington View housing community

20140819-CoddingtonViewMap-GoogleMapsPOTTSTOWN PA – An emergency access roadway, which will give equipment and personnel the ability to quickly reach the hilly north side of the Coddington View housing community in Upper Pottsgrove Township from the grounds of Pottsgrove Middle School, will be built with permission of the Board of School Directors under an agreement approved last week (Aug. 12, 2014).

The board voted unanimously to accept, and made no comment on, Superintendent Shellie Feola’s recommendation to grant an easement to Coddington View’s developer, Arcadia Land Co. of Narberth PA, that allows it to construct the roadway.

The agenda item, passed as part of a package of other business actions, did not mention how much, if any, compensation the school district received for granting the 20-foot-wide path. It has already been surveyed and marked by contractors, and extends from a grassy area on the school property southwest of its entrance driveway, through a break in a treeline, and down a slope to the topmost curve of Stone Hill Drive.

Ryan Homes and Arcadia are still completing units within the development, for which Stone Hill is the primary entrance on the east side of Farmington Avenue. Master Street offers a secondary entrance from the west side of North Hanover Street. The proposed access road would not be a public thoroughfare, and likely would be used only in case of fires or for other safety reasons.

Coddington View was among several projects originated by THP Properties, which filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2009 as real estate sales fell with the downturn in the national economy. Arcadia entered as its new developer in March 2013. A lawsuit between Upper Pottsgrove and a company that had bonded THP, settled in February (2014), allowed remaining units there to be finished and sold, according to The (Pottstown PA) Mercury.

School Board Grants Development's Emergency Access

The path of the easement, as seen from the school property

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Aug. 12 meeting):

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