Mbah Cen­ter on the move

North Penn Life - - Datebook - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nalregis­ter. com

The mbAh Cen­ter, which has been lo­cated in down­town Lans­dale since the mid 19TMs, is mov­ing 1.5 miles south­west.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion, which serves adults age 55 and older, will close its fa­cil­ity at P15 W. Main pt. in the bor­ough, ac­cord­ing to oobin Burstein, the cen­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

phe said it will de­but at its new — and smaller — lo­ca­tion at pch­wenck­feld Manor at 1292 Al­len­town ooad in Towa­mencin Dec. 6.

Most of the mbAh Cen­ter’s pro­grams will be of­fered on the main level near the manor’s com­mu­nity cen­ter en­trance, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Burstein.

pome pro­grams — in­clud­ing com­puter classes — will re­quire par­tic­i­pants to use a sep­a­rate en­trance, and mbAh Cen­ter of­fi­cials are work­ing to cre­ate a plan for tour guides in­side the build­ing.

Burstein said free park­ing for mbAh Cen­ter par­tic­i­pants will be avail­able at the new lo­ca­tion.

A con­flu­ence of is­sues sur­round­ing its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in Lans­dale — in­clud­ing the loss of park­ing spa­ces due to pend­ing devel­op­ment of the Madi­son mark­ing Lot and the ris­ing costs of main­tain the build­ing — ne­ces­si­tated the move, ac­cord­ing to Burstein.

phe said the fa­cil­ity ex­pects to lose park­ing spa­ces when devel­op­ment of the Madi­son mark­ing Lot com­mences and that main­tain­ing the struc­ture had be­come cost-pro­hib­i­tive.

The mbAh Cen­ter will re­main at the Towa­mencin re­tire­ment com­mu­nity un­til its new per­ma­nent home is es­tab­lished as part of the Lans­dale Col­lab­o­ra­tion mro­ject — to be built in the 6MM block of bast Main ptreet in Lans­dale Bor­ough — ac­cord­ing to hyle Mchessy, the mar­ket­ing and event co­or­di­na­tor for Ad­vanced Liv­ing Com­mu­ni­ties, pch­wenck­feld’s par­ent com­pany.

Burstein said she ex­pects the tem­po­rary stay to last ap­prox­i­mately three years.

Ac­cord­ing to Burstein, the ar­range­ment seemed nat­u­ral since the mbAh Cen­ter and pch­wenck­feld Manor — along with Manna on Main ptreet and the ko­rth menn Area vMCA — have agreed to par­tic­i­pate in the col­lab­o­ra­tion project.

Mchessey called it a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for ALC’s res­i­dents to be able to eas­ily ac­cess the mbAh Cen­ter’s pro­grams and ser­vices “while shar­ing our space with the com­mu­nity at large.”

The move will strengthen the mbAh Cen­ter while al­low­ing it to spend more money im­prov­ing pro­grams and pro­vid­ing ser­vices to more peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Burstein. phe said the grow­ing costs of op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing a monthly heat­ing bill of more than $1,MMM, helped to ex­pe­dite the move.

eow­ever, the move may force mbAh Cen­ter of­fi­cials to change pro­gram dates and times to ac­com­mo­date the new avail­able space, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Burstein.

ALC ad­min­is­tra­tors have worked hard to cre­ate a col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cord­ing to Mchessy.

him hrauter, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Cll, called it “an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for our res­i­dents and par­tic­i­pants here.”

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