MooveIn Storage Given Year Exception for Units

SANATOGA PA – A variety of contractors’ employees were busy working (above and below) Wednesday (May 20, 2020), and for much of the previous two weeks, in and outside the former auto showroom and garages at 2148 E. High St. as they transform it into the newest facility to house units for the MooveIn Self-Storage franchise.

A company sign, posted at its front parking lot, promises its opening in this calendar year.

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Two dumpsters on the building’s east side have periodically filled with materials to be hauled away …

The building was the subject of a Lower Pottsgrove Zoning Hearing Board virtual meeting Tuesday night (May 19), during which its owners – Moove In Partners-Pottstown LLC – successfully sought to extend by a year a special exception for the property’s use that was granted in March 2019. Board members approved the extension until May 19, 2021, according to substitute Solicitor R. Kurtz Holloway.

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… as have three others on its west side.

There were no objections to the application, Holloway said; in fact, he added, no member of the public logged into the meeting held on the Zoom conferencing platform.

The township Board of Commissioners got a glimpse during November 2018 of an architect’s rendering (below) that showed how owners planned to develop the property and present their units with a retail-like appearance. The showroom would likely contain environmentally controlled storage, they said at the time.

A legal advertisement (below) that announced the zoning hearing would be held virtually was published May 7 (Thursday).

AMENDED LEGAL NOTICE LOWER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD HEARING TO BE HELD VIA REMOTE ACCESS Due to the current Disaster Emergency Declaration declared by Governor Wolf and the local Emergency Declaration declared by Lower Pottsgrove Township related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as permitted by Act 15, the Lower Pottsgrove Township Zoning Hearing Board will be altering the process of conducting its advertised zoning hearing scheduled on May 19, 2020 at 6::00 PM on the application of Moove In Partners – Pottstown LLC (Applicant). The Applicant is requesting a variance to Section 250-231 to extend for one (1) year, the special exception granted to the Applicant by decision of the Zoning Hearing Board dated 3/29/2019, for its property located at 2148 East High Street, Lower Pottsgrove Township, Pa. Public participation at these meetings shall be limited to remote access, via computer, tablet, smartphone, or phone. This will allow any member of the public to indicate they would like to speak and offer comment during the public comment portion of the hearing. Members of the public who wish to participate or listen to the hearing may call-in or log-in. Directions for connection to and participation in the hearing will be published on the Township’s publicly accessible website; The hearing will be streamed through Zoom. Any person who wishes to receive a copy of the decision of the zoning hearing board on this application will need to provide their name and mailing address at the time of the hearing. LOWER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD Keith Diener, Chairman, R. Kurtz Holloway, Esq. Substitute Solicitor MERC May7 a-1