Former PEAK property up for sale
After nearly three decades as the home of an activities center for seniors, the lights have gone out at 315 W. Main St. in Lansdale, former home of The PEAK Center.
But there’s still a property right in the heart of downtown Lansdale that needs a new user, and PEAK Center Executive Director Robin Burstein said she is hoping WR find D new WenDnW Ds sRRn as possible.
“The sooner it sells, the better it is for the Lansdale community, the PEAK Center and whoever buys it,” she said.
“There’s not much available in downtown Lansdale, and Lansdale is a pretty up-and-coming downtown, with the Madison Parking Lot project and other things happening, so we’re hoping that someone will want to put something nice in that building ASAP,” Burstein said.
The center opened at its new location at Schwenckfeld Manor, located at 1292 Allentown Road in Towamencin, after recently closing its doors on Main Street in Lansdale.
Most PEAK programs are being offered in new facilities at the new location, where Burstein said free parking and facilities largely Rn Rne JrRund flRRr Dre strong attractions for visitors — and weren’t part of the center’s downtown Lansdale location, where guests relied on an elevator installed in 1989.
“Free parking is a big one, and most of the programs are on one level, and when we move into the Collaborative in three years, all of the programs will be on one level,” she said.
proj- ect will combine the PEAK Center with Advanced Living Communities — which operates Schwenckfeld Manor — Manna on Main Street and the Lansdale branch of the North Penn YMCA in a combined facility on the 600 block of East Main Street, in an expanded facility west of the current YMCA.
That project is still in the design and approval stages, but Burstein said she hopes to see a new tenant at 315 W. Main much sooner so a new user can take advantage of a prime downtown location near public transportation and plenty of attractions.
“It’s right on Main Street right next door to the performing arts center, which the borough has just recently PDde D FRPPLWPenW WR finish, and we’re told the location is the big attraction,” she said.
The building contains a kitchen and stage in addition to that elevator, and Burstein said she’s heard there is a possibility of renovating the EuLldLnJ’s firsW flRRr IRr re- tail space with frontages on Main and Madison streets and other uses such as apartments above.
“As an organization, we’re going to be saving money once the building is sold, because we do have maintenance costs, and the deal we have with Schwenckfeld will allow the PEAK Center to beFRPe sWrRnJer finDnFLDlly again,” Burstein said.
“If we can put less money into maintaining that building, that will give us more money to put into programs and services for people, so it’s a win- win,” she said.
County records indicate the property was sold in July 1988 to the Senior Adult Activity Center of Lansdale — the entity’s previous name — for $220,000, and was last assessed in 1998 at a value of just more than $630,000. Prior to that, the property was owned by Lansdale Borough from 1984 to 1988 and by Swartley Brothers Engineering Inc. prior to then.
The former PEAK Center at 315 W. Main St., Lansdale is now up for sale.