POTTSTOWN, Pa. -

A three-hour "conditional use" hearing for Torres Mini-Market to be located at 454 King Street preceded the Pottstown Borough Council Meeting Wednesday night. 

The space, that used to be a popular bar in the borough, is situated near nine residential units and is raising concerns from many members of the community.

While plans for the mini-market adhere to zoning requirements, and though a traffic study has been conducted, many residents see the potential business as a detriment to the area rather than an improvement.

Concerns from the citizens include the possibility that the business could be a potential site for vandalism, loitering, robberies and other crimes, similar to other businesses of its kind in the area.

With other mini-markets just blocks away, residents also believe the business does not bring any added value to the area and they would rather see an all-purpose supermarket.

However, as long as a business follows the guidelines of the conservation district, does not interfere greatly with traffic, holds business hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and has the lighting restricted to prevent glares in the surrounding areas, council said the legal standard cannot be controlled.

Council has up to 45 days before needing to move forward, and could call a special voting meeting as late as Sept. 25, though discussion will take place at the next council meeting on Sept. 8.

During the regular meeting, Council heard a presentation on a Pottstown Half-Marathon from Sly Fox Track Club scheduled for July 11, 2015.

The concept of the race was approved pending police and fire review because the race will result in the closing of streets in the borough,

“It’s going to be a great event for Pottstown next year and for years to come,” said Chris Bayless, who runs Sly Fox Track Club.

Council also approved the Better Landlord Company of Odgen, Utah to conduct a Phase I Municipal Services Study that would provide the borough with more detailed information on the properties that lie within the municipality. 

The amount of the study will not exceed $18,500 and the study is expected to be completed within two to three months.

Mark Flanders, borough manager, said the information would prove to be instrumental and “give us (Council) a baseline that we can really believe in for our properties,”

Council also:

-Reported that repairs to the damaged arch at Spruce and Diamond street will be paid for by EPA grant for archery restoration.

-Authorized execution of the Agreement between Olivet Boys and Girls Club in Reading and the Borough for operation of the Richard J Ricketts, Sr., Community Center.

-Authorized staff to proceed with the concept of the PennDOT Capital Grant Transit Amenities for two projects to include the PART Bike Racks and BigBelly Solar Compactors.

-Granted the requested of the Boos Development Group for a 90 day extension to satisfy the conditions of the plan approval of the Family Dollar Store Land Development Plan to be located at 399 Farmington Avenue.