Thursday, February 28, 2008

Phoenixville Library Expansion Project Public Meeting

Late this afternoon, I received a telephone call from the daughter of a neighbor. She asked if I was aware that a meeting on the Library expansion project is scheduled at Phoenixville Library for this weekend.

I was not.

Thank you for the information, Mary Anne.

The text from the card delivered to some of the Library's neighbors follows:

Public Meeting Notice

The Board of Directors of the Phoenixville Public Library Foundation will hold a special public meeting on the Phoenixville Public Library's approved Concept Growth Plan on Sunday, March 2, 2008, 2:00-3:00 PM in the Library, located at the corner of Second Avenue and Main Street. (Snow date will be Sunday, March 16, 2008 at the same time.)

This is the fourth and final public meeting for this Plan presentation. Because of limited space a reservation, in advance, is required. Please call the Library at 610-033-3013, ext 35 or ext. 32 if you plan to attend.


The original plan presented to the neighbors at the February 2007 meeting has changed.

This concept plan, if adopted and developed, will have a serious impact on the character of our neighborhood and affect the entire area for several blocks in each direction.

Please make plans to attend this meeting.


Karen said...

I was informed this morning that the meeting notification cards were NOT delivered to the neighborhoods surrounding the Library.

The cards were placed at the checkout/information desk in the Library.

Anonymous said...

what is it about phoenixville, and not understanding that information like this eventually gets out?

do the political leaders in phoenixville not realize that phoenixville has

1) many blogs
2) a Daily Newspaper
3) Publicly Televised Borough Council Meetings due to Tom Ramsey ( study history)
4) an active volunteer community.


why have secret meeetings like this, when the public always finds out eventually?

Anonymous said...

How about this expansion project?

Icon to icon

Do you think the Vale Rio would fit inside the Foundry?


Posted by The Chicken Cacciatore Project


Anonymous said...

Keep Second Avenue Open.
This plan will interfere with emergency vehicles, Dogwood Festivals, esthetically just plain look like hell.

Expand? If needed buy the house or houses to the north and expand along Main Street to the north - NOT THE SOUTH!

Anonymous said...

This is important because projects like this effect everything, especially traffic patterns. And it takes at least 15 minutes to cross town now. I know because I do it every day (route 113 to past the high school). What are the details in this proposal?

Ed Jones said...

Does anyone think, like I do, that Mr. Reeves is turning over in his grave? Taking a part of the park and open space that he deeded to the town is to tarnish his good name.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Jones,
The first expansion went into the park. I believe that was not allowed so the second proposal goes to the edge of the park.

Anonymous said...

Come on people.. accept some change for once. I think this is a good thing. Identify with the fact that it is 2008 not 1888. We don't have a horse and buggy system anymore. Expansion is needed. Town is nice and walking is a good thing even if its for a block or two. Be positive.

Solofloyd said...

anonymous March 2, 2008 7:36:00 PM,
i agree with your sentiment about parking. i don't understand where all the complaining comes from? i can walk downtown from my house so parking isn't really an issue for me. on the other hand, when i have needed to find parking i have never had a problem finding a spot downtown or near the library. i guess people expect to park right in front of whatever building they need to visit, because in my experience if you are willing to walk a couple blocks then parking is NOT an issue.

Anonymous said...

Phoenixville Library Plan of Action

This is the plan of action to stop the Phoenixville Library from closing Second Avenue.

We believe the library should expand. We support it to expand. We only do not wish for Second Avenue to be closed and /or Reeves Park to be built on.

1) Second Avenue is a vital road used by local people traveling home from shopping.

2) The east/west and vice-versa traffic will not be stopped it will only be more concentrated onto the other avenues.

3) Park Alley behind the library cannot handle any volume of traffic.

4) Second Avenue is the quickest way for the Ambulance to travel from its station on West Bridge Street to the homes on the east side of Starr Street.

5) The traffic that will be shifted to Third Avenue will face a much more difficult time entering Starr Street because of the blind spot on the hill.

6) When not if the Library needs to expand in 10 or 20 years where will the go next.

There are many government organizations that must be informed of our displeasure to close Second Avenue and / or build on Reeves Park. We must contact all members of these organizations. Remember when government organizations are involved the loudest wheels get the oil.

Don’t think everyone else will do something. It is up to you to pass this message along. And EVERYONE must contact all the members of these organizations to voice their feelings

We must contact the Library Commissioners to come up with another plan. Like the expansion using the adjoining property to the North side of the building. To show that you are in support of this direction maybe make an offer to donate money to the library for that direction of expansion. Since the other way to get their attention is with money.

The library Commissioners information is

Library Commission President

Susan Meadows

Library Commission Vice-President

Deanna Kalmbach


Phillip Howse

Board Member/School Board Representative

Joshua Gould

125 Kleyona Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460

Board Member/Superintendent Representative

Mary Jane Weiss

Secretary/Representative to D/SAC

Maureen Ash

Board Members

James Mackey

Joseph Koury

Lee Deveny

Lawrence Jilk

Library Board meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Community Room. The public is invited to attend.

Just a few more Questions need to be asked

1) Is the any one on the library board , School board , Borough Council or Carnevale Eustis Architects, Inc own have title to or are related to the owners of the property north of the Library?

2) How much are the people asking for the property to the north of the library?

3) Is moving the Building an option? (Don’t really want the building just the land)

4) How much is the library willing to pay and / or how much is the borough going to charge for the actual closing one of the longest avenues in the borough?

5) How much will it cost to reroute the infrastructure on Second Avenue?

6) This isn’t just an avenue to a few homes. It is an emergency route for medical & Fire Equipment to easily access the homes on the east side of Starr St. You cannot put a price on life.
Carnevale Eustis Architects, Inc is heavily involved in many build projects in and around the borough of Phoenixville. They have a lot of influence with the borough planning commission. Including the plan to close Second Avenue.

Carnevale Eustis Architects, Inc

181 Bridge Street

Phoenixville PA 19460

Phone 610-933-0197

Fax 610-935-3600


The Phoenixville Planning Commission is who approve the plans for building projects. Please contact them to voice your displeasure of the closing of Second Avenue.


Debra Johnston

240 Griffin Street

Phoenixville PA 19460

Teena Peters

895 Oxford Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460

George Martynick

217 Franklin Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460

Michael Holt

146 Buchanan Street

Phoenixville PA 19460

James EL

No Address Listed

David Sanock

No Address Listed

Jennifer Faggioli

No Address Listed

The Phoenixville Borough Council is the ones who must approve the closure of Second Ave. Make sure they hear you.

Mayor Leo Scoda

312 Virginia Ave

Phoenixville PA 19460

Council President

Henry Wagner

137 First Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460


Vice President

Richard Kirkner

405 Ann Street

Phoenixville PA 19460


Kendrick Buckwalter

1117 Ross Lane

Phoenixville PA 19460


Carlos Cirelos

142 First Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460


David Gill

1235 Tyler Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460


Michael Speck

413 Nutt Road

Phoenixville PA 19460


Jeffery Senley

403 Westridge Drive

Phoenixville PA 19460


Borough Manager

E. Jean Krack

140 Church Street

Phoenixville PA 19460

And Last but not least the Phoenixville School District actually owns the land the library sits on. And they should be notified also.

PASD President

Mark Cassaday

579 Brighton Way

Phoenixville PA 19460

PASD Vice President

Jill Slawecki

342 Milligan Street

Phoenixville PA 19460

William Mea

138 Washington Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460

Mary Croke-Parris

965 BlackRock Road

Phoenixville PA 19460

Paul Salinka

1025 Gay Street

Phoenixville PA 19460

Joshua Gould

125 Kleyona Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460

Debbie Dawson

1093 Lincoln Avenue

Phoenixville PA 19460

Keith Wickstrom

27 Flintlock ln

Phoenixville PA 19460

Lisa Starczewski

573 Brighton Way

Phoenixville PA 19460

Please don’t think that others will make this contact for you. You must make your voice heard. Make sure you speak up.