Moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA
Moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA to Spring City is proving to be a knock down drag out fight. However it is a fight we will endure to its end. I had a big meeting this week with the Spring City Borough Manager, their Engineer, their Codes Enforcer, their Lawyer, my Lawyer and my Architect. As you can imagine, it is costly to bring a group like this together and Swing Kat is paying the bill. Needless to say moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA to Spring City is getting more expensive by the day. At this meeting I learned that the cost for a yes or no answer on whether or not we can proceed with our plans is now going to cost between $10 & $15k. I also learned about a number of more obstacles that are standing in our way. This thousand dollar meeting has left me with more questions than I had before we had the meeting. However, we are getting closer to the answers.
I know it has been awhile since my last update on moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA. The reason is that it took nearly a month to put together this meeting which finally happened yesterday. As I said we now know about more obstacles that stand in our way. Each one of these obstacles unfortunately has the power to stop our move of Swing Kat from Pottstown PA. However for the first time I feel like we have clear direction on how to proceed from here.
Here are the obstacles that currently stand in our way…
1. Because it has been 100 years since this building was last sold, the buildings zoning is listed as Un-Certified. What we were told this could mean is that even the slightest change in Use could cause us to have to comply with much greater code issue such as elevators & sprinkler systems.
2. Spring City has an unofficial moratorium on EDU’s right now from the Department of Environmental Protection. This is due to their sewer system needing to be upgraded. They have begun this process however it will not be complete for a few years which doesn’t help us. If the DEP requires us to have more than 1 EDU for our building it will end our ability to move forward.
3. Because we will need parking and have plans to put in a parking lot, we need to find out if the Planning Commission will require us to submit formal plans or not. If they do require this, the cost of preparing these plans, fees related to the process and time this process takes will all end this process for us. The only way around this would be for us not to put in a parking lot. However that would hurt us in our bid to get over the final obstacle.
4. Lastly, we need to get through a variance hearing as even with our new parking lot, we won’t have the required amount of parking. We will have roughly half the parking required by the codes book. This is no small matter and will be a tough road. There are more issues than just the number of parking spots. There is also the fact we can’t provide a driveway wide enough to meet the code. As well as the fact we can’t afford to pave the lot which is also required along with other issues.
At this point we have spent over $4,000 of the $5,077 we raised for our move this past summer. So, I am now starting to pull money out of my own pockets, the money we were going to use to take care of the codes issues and parking lot once the borough gave us the go ahead. So, we need to continue raising money through 50/50’s, tea shirt sales and whatever else we can think of.
Here is one more important note. Spring City is in favor of us moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA into their borough. I have received nothing but kindness and well wishing from the community, the borough employees and borough council. Many have asked how they can help and others have already helped. Hopefully the obstacles don’t stop us.
I will continue to follow this lead to it’s end (rule #2 in partner dancing) and see where it goes.