Wanted: Edward Bloom
It was a town that went bankrupt but was rescued from bankruptcy by the lead character (Edward Bloom) who bought the town at an auction and rebuilt it.
Pottstown needs an Edward Bloom.
Why? Because stable homeowners and businesses are leaving Pottstown en masse.
Two more long time Pottstown businesses are relocating outside of Pottstown in the next two months: East Penn AAA and Jerry’s Chicken.
Jerry’s Chicken (an awesome fried/BBQ chicken take out joint on Shoemaker Road) is relocating in January to the former Kentucky Fried Chicken facility on Route 724 (near Norco Fire Company). It’s a great move for them (and we wish them all the luck), but it’s just another depressing instance of tax dollars crossing the border out of Pottstown.
At last week’s Borough Council meeting, Borough Manager Jason Bobst reported that Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. (PAID), that mysterious commercial and industrial developmental entity that is mentioned in hushed tones, but nobody really knows anything about, is targeted to be ready to go in January.
The longer that Pottstown continues to operate without an effective and realistic economic development plan in place, and without a full time professional leading the charge, the more that the mass exodus of businesses, homeowners and tax dollars will continue in Pottstown.