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Developer Presents Rendering for Oral Surgery Center
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            The project manager for a Pottstown oral surgery practice appeared Tuesday before Pennsburg Council to discuss the original rendering of its proposed office at the borough's busiest intersection.

            Chris DeLuca, representing Pottstown Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Inc., told the members his client would be willing to make sure its design blends in with the rest of the architecture.

            The design of the Pennsburg Oral Surgery Center shows a split-level brown brick building with a flat roof near the intersection of Routes 663 and 29. A ramp from the sidewalk leads to the main entrance at the side of the building.

            A rear exterior rendering shows the intake area at ground level. According to DeLuca, an elevator would transport patients to the upper level, which he described as the primary service area.

            No council members expressed any objections to the design. Engineer John Rundy said he was "overall pretty happy" with the presentation. He suggested that the developer utilize a black powder coating on the rails.

            Solicitor Mark Hosterman recommended that the developer tone down the exterior color. Hosterman suggested the use of neutral-colored panels.

            "Otherwise, I think this is a fantastic building," the solicitor said.

            DeLuca, who added that his client is considering an outdoor lighting plan, said the developer would be willing to consider any borough recommendations presented in a review letter. The planning committee will consider the issue during a meeting next week.

            The plan, received on Feb. 15 by the municipality, calls for building the office across the street from the former Rite Aid. Schmoll told the commission that his client plans to demolish the foundation that remains at the property.

            All three lots – which cover 18,700 square feet – are empty, according to Lisa Hiltz, Pennsburg's administrative manager. The three properties near the square have been vacant since 2007.

            The parcel closest to the intersection, listed at 7,000 square feet without a numbered address, previously hosted the Alma Mullen Park and prior to that, the Keeler Building. The adjoining parcel, located at 371 Main St., hosted a five-and-dime store and later a video rental store. At 369 Main St., a theater was later converted into an inn and then a restaurant.

            Member Diane Stevens and Mayor Charles Shagg did not attend the meeting. Keith Goodwin participated by telephone.

            Council held an executive session early in the meeting. The nine-minute private session covered a situation of potential litigation, according to President Patrick Suter. No votes were held immediately after the session.

            In June, Upper Perk Police responded to 597 total incidents. That includes 190 for public services and 119 vehicle investigations.

            The officers issued 73 warnings and 56 traffic citations, according to information provided by Corporal James Sands. It states that they responded to five false alarms at businesses, four reportable accidents and one non-reportable accident, issued one parking ticket or warning, and made three criminal arrests.

            The department responded to 20 reported crimes, including five thefts, three each for assault/harassment/stalking, DUI and shoplifting, and one burglary/attempted burglary, forgery/fraud/identity theft, public drunkenness/disorderly conduct, trespassing and vandalism/criminal mischief.







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