Facade Trimmed, Flooring Installed as Borough Hall Progresses
SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Renovation of Schwenksville’s former Main Street fire station into the new borough hall continued Wednesday (Sept. 9, 2020), with installation of laminate flooring in its expansive community room, and additional detailing to its exterior masonry facade (at top and below). Borough government, in its just-issued newsletter, said it anticipates occupying the building by late October.
Nearly half the square footage at the 300 Main St. building lies within the community room, which is expected to host community events and activities. It also will be available by reservation for private functions and special events. This space is intended to complement, and not compete with, public rooms provided by the Perkiomen Valley Library on 2nd Street, the newsletter noted.
A prime advantage of the community room, according to earlier comments by Borough Council members, will be its potential to open the retained garage doors onto Main Street Plaza and with pedestrian flow toward adjacent Meadow Park. The feature offers flexibility to expand indoor events outside, they said.
Additionally, the building will house the borough Emergency Operations Center, with operates during natural or man-made emergencies. Annual drills for response to a potential emergency at Exelon Corp.’s nearby Limerick Generating Station will be conducted there, as well as other training sessions for borough employees and volunteers.
It also will continue to house the borough Fire Museum.
The luxury of space, unavailable at the existing borough hall at 140 Main St., maintains adequate room for pandemic-related social distancing, increases protection for staff members, and is publicly accessible to all as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The borough’s ADA compliance helps ensure it will meet federal, state and county requirements for a variety of grant funding.
An open house that adheres to current pandemic guidelines set by the county Health Department and the national Centers for Disease Control is being planned after the borough completes the move from its current building.
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