Mbah Center on the move
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.”