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Inquirer: Ballpark Still a Possibility for Phoenixville

The borough's growing fast. What's next for its Steel Co. Site?

Phoenixville’s problems are those of abundance. They are problems nonetheless though.

With the borough growing rapidly—despite a recession, the dollar amount of its property assessments increased more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2010—plans for the unused 120-acre tract of land that the Phoenixville Steel Company once sat on have become a hot topic of discussion around town.

And while ground is expected to be broken on a 350-unit rental apartment development this spring, there is still the matter of what to do with the other 100 vacant acres that make up the property.

According to a July 17 story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the borough council has approved the DeMutis Group’s plans for a seven-acre apartment, retail, and corporate development—though DeMutis has not yet secured financing for the plan—and still hasn’t ruled out luring a minor league baseball team to play in the space.

Councilman Dave Gautreau told the Inquirer that Phoenixville has been in talks with a team. Though he didn’t identify which, the Inquirer suggested that a deal would be contingent on the borough’s ability to raise funds to build a new ballpark on the site.

Read the full story here.

Jeremy Dalton July 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Huge Flaw in your thinking Ed, Not everyone knows what they want, and the other majority are so conflicted with each other that they never come to a unified resolution. Thusly halting any and all progress that is to be made. Ever looked a business time line algorithm when comparing public involvement on a project and limited public involvement on a project? There is a drastic difference in goal accomplishment. When there are too many proverbial spoons in the pot, the food never gets cooked properly and only tastes good to a few. In the end, even when something is massively successful, someone will always gripe about how you can't taste their seasoning....
Laura July 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thank you. No surprise, it's all of the usual suspects. Not so much "something good for the community" as it is "good for our group's respective bottom lines." I'm amused/disgusted by the PR stink emanating from that web site.
Michael Hill July 19, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Good news we got a grant! http://phoenixvillebaseball.com/news/feasibility-grant.html
Tom Sunnergren July 19, 2012 at 06:58 PM
To Michael's point: http://phoenixville.patch.com/articles/cassidy-phoenixville-could-have-baseball-team-by-2016
Jeremy Dalton July 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
best news of the day!!!

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