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in your community

boyertown:

Revitalization + more in Boyertown
By Adrianne Blank, Main Street Manager, and Emily Jones, Assistant Main Street Manager, Building A Better Boyertown

Boyertown, PA: The best recipes are made with love
and care, and with the right ingredients can become
something special. A huge project has been cooking
in Boyertown over much of the last three years. The
goal? Turn an underutilized anchor building into a
full-service restaurant and revitalize a historic building
in our Downtown. The idea surfaced while Building
A Better Boyertown was working on the Town Vision.
During this process, listening sessions with community
members brought out an extraordinary market demand
for new restaurants. Research then showed us that the
biggest retail opportunities for downtown Boyertown
were for dining. Armed with this information, Building
A Better B oyer town
applied to the Department
of Community and
Economic Development
for assistance and on
De c e m b e r 1 2 , 2 0 1 7
was awarded an Anchor
Building Grant in the
amount of $300,000
to be used as a loan for
acquisition costs for
the Anchor Building
Rehabilitation Project
located at 45 S. Reading
Avenue, Boyertown. This
building was formerly
Schaeffer's Restaurant.

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This venture did not go exactly as planned, but the magic of
downtown revitalization prevailed. The original buyer and partner
on the grant decided the investment was not worth the rehabilitation
work needed on the building. Then, three other offers on the building
failed to come to fruition. In the meantime, the property manager
was volunteering her time to show the space. A local contractor even
donated his services to appraise the needed roof repairs. Ultimately,
the biggest challenge in finding a partner to purchase the building
was the amount of back taxes owed on the property. With the help
of a local realtor, an exciting opportunity materialized. After several
meetings and conversations with state and local tax agencies by
multiple volunteers and borough partners, a relief on those back
taxes was requested and granted. Things were coming together, and



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