Swing Kat In Spring City PA
It has been a long time since my last post on our moving process. However what you need to know is that it may now just be a matter of time before you find Swing Kat in Spring City PA! I have been quiet on this subject for awhile as things have been moving so slowly that there has been nothing much to say. Also, it looked so bad for so long I didn’t want to put out a post saying we were not going to be able to find a new home. However, it got so bad at one point that I did announce at our 8th Anniversary we would not be able to buy the building at 123 Hall St in Spring City. But that was a few months ago. Now for the past 3 weeks we have been riding a wave of good news that just might put Swing Kat in Spring City PA after all!
If you read some of my older posts on our moving process, you might have found a list of hurdles we needed to overcome in order to relocate Swing Kat to Mechanics Hall. Well, around 3 weeks ago that list lost it’s biggest hurdle. As it stands now, Swing Kat Entertainment has the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s full blessing to proceed forward on the issue of EDUs concerning Spring City’s outdated sewer system. The fact that our usage will not at all be what the DEP would expect from a building this size has made the difference and gotten us over this hurdle. The DEP’s concern was that we would use over 800 gallons of water in a given day. First off our average usage will be around 285 gallons a day if we double our current usage at the new location. The only night we would even get close to 800 gallons by their calculations is on our live band nights. According to their calculations, we would go over 800 and up to 1000 gallons on that night. Now you and I both know that wouldn’t happen, but we have to go by their calculations. So, they have restricted our turnouts to 159 persons on any given day. Getting average turnouts this fall of 200 persons or more this may seem like a problem. However, it won’t be as we can use other facilities on nights we believe our numbers will be greater than 159.
The main point here is that only a few hurdles remain for seeing Swing Kat in Spring City PA. The biggest one at this point is the variance hearing for our proposed parking lot. We will need to seek relief at the variance hearing on many little issues concerning our parking lot. The most major of which is the fact that we will not be able to create enough parking spots in our lot for the square footage of the building. Others include driveways not being of sufficient width, requirement of paving which we can’t afford and needing tighter parking spots. However anyone who tries to buy Mechanics Hall will face these same issues. Thus, the hearing board has got to give somebody relief on these issues or the owners will never sell this building. The other hurdle at this time is a requirement for full blown land development plans. This is a very costly issue at $30-40K just to get permission to proceed. Requirement of full blown land development plans would end our pursuit of Mechanics Hall. However, we have a really good chance of not being required to go all the way with land development. Requirement of partial land development would drop that bill to $7-10K. This decision will be up to the Spring City borough council. Council members have had some face time will me at borough meetings and have expressed a desire to see Swing Kat in Spring City PA. That should help us make our dream of having a permanent home in Spring City a reality!