French Creek West

This image from the Phoenixville Borough website shows the site plan for French Creek West on the grounds of the former Phoenix Steel and Iron Co.

Phioenix Iron Plant

The new housing will be built along French Creek where the defunct Phoenix Iron & Steel plant that gave Phoenixville its name once stood.

PHOENIXVILLE — The 37-acre site between Bridge and High streets that was once part of the mighty Phoenix Iron and Steel plant that gave the borough its name soon will be the site of 550 housing units as the result of a 5-1 vote of borough council Tuesday night.

Councilman Richard Kirkner, participating in the meeting by speakerphone, cast the only vote against a plan called French Creek West.

According to documents posted on the borough website, the plan calls for 164 townhouses, 146 "stacked townhouses," and 240 apartments.

There will also be more than 1,480 parking spaces, according to the plans.

The final site plan approval won last night was first on the council agenda in August, but was tabled after some questions were raised, said Borough Manager E. Jean Krack.

The approval motion was made by East Ward Councilwoman Catherine Doherty and seconded by Middle Ward Councilwoman Beth Burckley.

French Creek West map

This image from Phoenixville Borough's website indicates the project will be built in phases.

Burckley said Phoenixville is so successful that "people are dying to move here." But she added that it's important to plan carefully to account for housing diversity, and, called this plan "responsible."

Krack said years ago, the site had been proposed for mixed use, but over time, that has evolved into strictly housing.

Burckley is not kidding about housing projects being hot in Phoenixville.

According to the borough website, there are a total of five other projects in various stages of planning in the borough in addition to French Creek West.

Taken together, they would add 1,283 housing units to the roughly four-square-mile borough.

Add in Barclay Gardens, approved last year by council for 125 senior apartments at the site of the former old borough hall at Church and Dean streets, and the number climbs to 1,408.

Add in last night's approval for French Creek West's 550 units and Phoenixville is looking at 1,908 new units of housing.

Here's a quick look at what's going on housing-wise:


A concept plan for the Steelworks apartments.

  • Steeworks is a mixed use project of 336 apartments of one, two, three and a few four-bedrooms. It has received preliminary site plan approval and is located on 5.7 acres on Bridge Street.
  • Hankin is the name of a developer planning 50 "affordable" senior apartments on .9 acres at Buchanan Place. It is still in the early planning stages, according to the website.
  • Eland Place has received final approval and calls for 193 units on five acres of land off Kimberton Road.
  • Barclay Gardens received final approval last year and will build 125 senior apartments at the corner of Church and Dean streets.
  • Odessa is a complex planned on 14 acres near the intersection of Filmore and Township Line roads. It has received preliminary approval and calls for 500 units: 260 assistant living units and 240 apartments.
  • Luxor is a plan for 204 units on four acres off Wheatland Street. It is still in the planning stages.
  • French Creek West, approved Tuesday night, calls for 550 units on 37 acres of the former Phoenix Steel site.
‘Affordable’ senior housing moves forward in Phoenixville

Bounded by Church, Dean and Hall streets, Barclay Gardens will have two levels of parking with 125 spaces, and 125 units of senior housing located on five floors above the parking.

This article first appeared as a post in The Digital Notebook blog.

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