PHOENIXVILLE - During a fast and furious 40-minute speech, John MacPhee, managing partner of The Phoenix Property Group (PPG) and The Delta Organization Inc., spoke of the impending progress of the French Creek Center at the Phoenixville Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Breakfast Tuesday morning at Robert Ryan's Columbia Station.
Choosing to not stand behind the podium, MacPhee
began by telling everyone in attendance, "It's an exciting time to be in Phoenixville.
Using photographs on a pedestal, MacPhee
began walking around and expounding upon the history of PPG
.Showing how the property looked back in 1996, MacPhee said that Walter J. Logan Jr., The Delta Organization's president, began considering the property.
spoke about the impending construction of "The Quarters," now conceived as a townhome development between Bridge Street and French Creek, and of "The Shoppes," a retail and townhome development on the north and east sides of what will become a commercial triangle bounded by a new French Creek Parkway, North Main and Bridge Streets.
"The Quarters project will be upscale apartment complex, with 272 rental units," he
said."The plans have been before the planning commission for the last two years.We've done a lot of market research and studies."
Also planned, said MacPhee
, is the construction of a six-story parking garage, with 128 parking spaces per floor, or a total of 768 spaces.
"The master plan envisioned a triangle parking garage," he
said."We've already identified that 1,000 parking spaces are needed.A functional garage that'll service the building but downtown area.PPG
and the borough are working on this, but we're not building this on our own for you."MacPhee
said that PPG
will be advancing on all of these projects.
"We've been busy," he
said."It's been maddening slow though.We've been in contact with 27 different government agencies.
"The French Creek Center
is dynamic, and we're thrilled to be one part of the process with the French Creek project."
During a brief question and answer session, Donald J.L. Coppedge asked MacPhee
about housing for families among the French Creek project, and MacPhee
replied that he'll be looking into it.
replied to Cassidy, "We are looking at seven to ten years to be completed.
...Following MacPhee's speech, Kim Cooley, chamber executive director, spoke to the audience about the recent tapings of "Community Calendar" on Phantom TV.