POTTSTOWN PA – In the hope of expanding to better serve existing clients, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities reports it has purchased property at 61 N. Franklin St., adjacent to its current operations at the Cluster Outreach Center, 57 N. Franklin St.
Built in 1887, the building and surrounding land have been vacant for several years, according to a status update on the Cluster’s Facebook page. Montgomery County property records indicate the sale, which occurred July 17 (2015), was valued at $105,000.
The building, the Cluster said, will be refurbished to provide administrative offices, classroom space for its “Bridges Out of Poverty” and “Understanding Poverty To Plan and Persevere” programs, office space for its Housing Resource Center program, and meeting space for its board and other program-related staff and community meetings.
“We see this new purchase as a bridge to stability for the families we are already serving. Our purchase will provide the needed space to assist individuals in the development of skills necessary to establish a plan for future stability. It will also help individuals and families to stay in affordable housing as they go through transitional periods in their lives,” the update added.
The board also “believes the purchase of 61 N. Franklin St. … will once again revive a vacant building to support the revitalization of Pottstown,” it said.