Low Income Senior Housing Does Not Create Riverfront “Magic”
POTTSTOWN, PA – Is this some kind of joke? At a recent Pottstown Planning Commission meeting, a presentation was made by The Partnership for Income Restricted Housing Leadership (PIRHL), a Cleveland, Ohio-based owner, developer and general contractor of affordable single family and multifamily housing, on a proposal to build 55 low income rental housing units for seniors along the Schuylkill River in Pottstown.
Not to be rude, but can someone explain to us where the ‘value add’ is of low income seniors in the revitalization of Pottstown? Folks living on fixed incomes in low income rental units do not have the disposable income to spend money in Pottstown and pump up our economy. That’s just a no-brainer.
Who has the money these days? Young unmarried, childless adults…just like those who come into Pottstown every day to attend classes at MCCC. What proactive steps are County and Borough officials taking to keep these young adults within Pottstown’s borders?
Last year, the Urban Land Institute recommended that Pottstown “create a place of magic on five blocks of riverfront in downtown.”
We very wholeheartedly agree. Here is the presentation and report that was issued after the two day session, which took place last October:
It is expected that Pottstown Borough Council will be given a presentation on this ill-conceived project at their September meetings. While it is still very early in the stage of the project, it’s important for folks to remind Council that the information contained in the Urban Land Institute’s 2009 findings need to be followed.
All one needs to do is read Sue Repko’s August 23 post on her blog, Positively!Pottstown:
“You do a study and then everybody wants to do another study. They don’t want to pay attention to the study that was done.” Local activist and retired Mercury employee Thomas Hylton commenting on the series of plans and studies done since 1986 to advise the Borough on how to attract jobs and people.
You just have to believe that we’re magic…nothing can stand in our way!