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SPRING CITY - Spring City Borough Council unanimously passed two resolutions on during Monday night's standing room only meeting.

The first resolution, Resolution 2010-04, is to have Phoenixville Homes look into writing grants for the Borough to fund the development of a multiuse facility on what is currently the Bard Complex, located on South Main Street in Spring City.

Phoenixville Homes has a very loose idea of what would be in the multiuse building, naming a cafee, a day care, bank, retail space and more.

The largest space in the facility would be dedicated to a senior center and a youth center for the local area.

Currently, approximately 1,000 area seniors travel to Pottstown to be part of the Pottstown Senior Association. The addition of the senior center in Spring City would keep those residents active in their own community.

While Phoenixville Homes presented to Council a plan with what they would like to see in the multiuse facility, nothing is set in stone and they are still very flexible. The plans were used to give the council and those gathered an idea of what Phoenixville Homes is trying to put together.

Resident Rick Schroeder of Spring City said it is the role of government to be the cheerleaders for progress and development...Let's try to develop, "it's time."

Phoenixville Homes asked the Council to pass the resolution for the developers to look for grants and do more research into the project.

The second resolution, Resolution 2010-05, deals with the Schuylkill River Trail that is in progress of being continued through the Borough by the Chester County Parks and Recreation Department.

John Mikowychok, director of the Chester County Parks and Recreation Department, said the department has received a grant to connect the Schuylkill River Trail in the gap that runs through most of Spring City.

The Department is adding a five and a half mile trail extension to fill the majority of the gap in the trail. There will be facilities and parking at the former Cromby Station for trail patrons, however the county suggests putting in a trailhead behind the Bard Complex into Spring City. A trail head would give trail users a place to stop for restrooms, lunch and many come into town to eat, shop or relax.

Steve Kambic, Executive Director for Phoenixville Homes, also mentioned the possibility for indoor restroom facilities in the multiuse complex, adding an extra incentive for trail users to stop in Spring City.

A trailhead in Spring City is a great opportunity for the Borough by bringing people into the downtown to visit the stores and restaurants that are there.

"Regional trails have the ability to bring communities together," said Mikowychok.

The extension through Spring City will be complete by the middle of 2011. A second phase is currently in the planning stages.

The Schuylkill River Trail, once completed, will run from

Schuylkill County to Birdsboro.

For both resolutions, both Kambic and Mikowychok said the projects are stronger when everyone works together.

Both resolutions were passed unanimously and neither gave developers the approval to begin construction, but rather the consent to look into grant writing and move forward with the projects.

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