Former PEAK prop­erty up for sale

North Penn Life - - Datebook - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nalregis­

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.

That col­lab­o­ra­tive

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.

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