Historic downtown Studying constructing may get new life with meals court docket, places of work, residences

READING, Pa. – The Studying Planning Fee on Tuesday evening reviewed a preliminary/last land improvement for a proposed adaptive reuse of the historic five-story constructing at 35 N. Sixth St.

The constructing has been vacant for the previous decade.

Shuman Growth Group, Studying, plans to transform the previous headquarters for Meridian Financial institution right into a mixed-use constructing, with a meals court docket on the primary flooring, industrial places of work on the second flooring and residence models on the third by means of fifth flooring.

Chairman Wayne Bealer mentioned the planning fee couldn’t but grant conditional approval to the challenge as a result of a plan evaluation from the Berks County Planning Fee had not been obtained, which is a requirement of the municipal planning code.

The planning fee subsequently voted to desk the plans.

Though the constructing has 20 off-street parking areas, Alan Shuman, president of Shuman Growth, mentioned residential parking for the constructing will make the most of area obtainable within the Abraham Lincoln parking storage, which Shuman owns.

Planning fee member William Cinfici praised Shuman’s plan to save lots of the constructing, saying the proposed use is what the downtown wants.

“We promote combined use as a part of our complete plan, and I believe this can be a actually good match,” Cinfici mentioned. “It is actually a gem that we do not need to lose. It is nice to see how will probably be changed into one thing.”

There was some concern that the constructing is throughout the Callow Hill Historic District, however Shuman defined that it’s not.

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“We had it listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic [Places], so we’ve federal oversight on the outside of the constructing, however no metropolis oversight,” Shuman mentioned.

In different enterprise, the planning fee voted to grant:

  • Remaining land improvement plans for Jan and Wil Properties LLC for the adaptive reuse of a three-story constructing at 810 Windsor St. The challenge will convert 34,720 sq. toes into eight residential residence models, with one industrial use on the primary flooring.

  • Conditional approval of a last land improvement plan to find an auto restore storage in a portion of a constructing at 600 S. Ninth St. The constructing was as soon as a part of the Studying Brewery Firm complicated.

  • Conditional approval of a last land improvement plan for O’Neil Storage to develop 21 self-storage models on a 15,424-square-foot property at 1403 Chester St.

  • An annexation plan for Fairview Christian Faculty to mix 4 heaps – 406 and 410 S. 14th St., 1354 Muhlenberg St. and 421 S. thirteenth St. beneath one single deed. The challenge additionally will create a car parking zone and web site enhancements on the web site of a not too long ago demolished storage.

  • Preliminary plan approval for the Bern Road Growth, 1725 N. Fifth St., which consists of two heaps. One can be used for a automobile wash facility and the opposite for a storage facility.