Collegeville Retirement Center Finishes Flood Barrier

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Providence Place Senior Living, the company that transformed the former Collegeville Inn at 4000 Ridge Pike into senior citizen residences for independent and assisted living, and memory care, said Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2022) it completed construction of a secondary flood barrier wall on its west side. It’s designed to protect the facility from Perkiomen Creek overflows.

The barrier extends from what was the original front porch of the Collegeville Inn, around what was the walkout basement portion of the building (at top). Travelers headed toward Norristown on Ridge Pike can see it at the right as they cross the bridge over the creek. The Perkiomen was a source of intense flooding during the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, between late August and early September 2021.

The wall rises from 4 feet below ground level to just beneath the first-floor windows of the original Collegeville Inn structure. Its concrete and membrane construction “will protect against a water level several feet higher” than Ida’s record-breaking flood, the company said. Its cost was not disclosed.

The disaster created millions of dollars in property damage throughout Collegeville and other municipalities along the creek. The destruction taxed Providence Place resources, its owners added. Water rose to levels that came over the top of the facility’s free-standing wall. Although it never entered residential areas of the building, it damaged utility infrastructure in the basement. That required relocating some residents for several weeks.

“We greatly appreciated the patience and support those residents and their families showed to us,” the Hershey PA-based company stated.

The Collegeville facility, one of seven it operates, currently serves more than 120 senior residents. Providence Place said it remains “committed to protecting the Collegeville Inn and our residents with this carefully designed secondary barrier.” It displayed a rendering (above) of how it anticipates the construction area will appear in the spring.

Images provided by Providence Place Senior Living