Pottsgrove Benefits From Paramount Realty Gift
A DONATION POTTSGROVE COULDN’T REFUSE – The A.C. Moore crafts store, which went out of business earlier this year at the Upland Square shopping center in West Pottsgrove Township, was being emptied of remaining merchandise and displays when the coronavirus pandemic hit during March (2020). That work had to be suspended but Paramount Realty Services, a Lakewood NJ company which counts the center among more than 10 million square feet of retail space in its large ownership portfolio, needed the property cleared for leasing. A Paramount representative called the Pottsgrove School District to determine if it wanted the goods that were left behind, for free. Then it unlocked the doors and invited Pottsgrove teachers to come (above and below) and take what they wanted or could use for classes. The district was completely unprepared for Paramount’s “tremendous generosity,” Director of Community Relations Gary DeRenzo admitted.
The materials and supplies under other circumstances might have been sold to third parties to reclaim just a percentage of lost revenue. Instead, DeRenzo said, the gift has an estimated value to the district of about $20,000. The windfall of supplies is so huge that it’s still being inventoried while in storage at West Pottsgrove Elementary School.
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