In Colebrookdale: Liberty Park being eyed for development

The Colebrookdale Township commissioners have been approached by the Berks County Redevelopment Authority about purchasing Liberty Park for the construction of a new magisterial district justice’s office.

Commission President Todd Gamler announced the proposed purchase at their April 21 board meeting.

Gamler said the county is looking to build three new district justice offices this year and two next year. Each is to be proscribed to the same conformity of 2,500 sq. ft.

The Liberty Park site, located at N. Reading Ave. and Rothermel Street, consists of 1-1/2 acres. The park is home to a pavilion and bathroom facilities which Gamler said had been rented approximately 10 times in the past year.

Current market value of the land was unavailable. Gamler said the next step would be to acquire that information.

The commissioners also agreed to seek public input before any decision is made. Anyone wishing to comment on the possible sale of the park should contact the Colebrookdale Township commissioners at colebrookdale.org or 610-369-1362.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to roll over a loan currently held on the township’s Ironstone Drive maintenance building and property owned on Mill Street.

The floating loan was being paid at an interest rate of 3.9%. The new, five-year fixed rate offered by National Penn Bank and voted on by the commissioners will be 2.1%.

Township Manager Cindy Conrad said the loan will be paid off in 2019.

Police Chief David Viola announced testing for the new police hire will be held May 7 at the township building.

The commissioners tabled a decision about acquiring a low-interest loan funded by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank (PIB). Gamler said more detailed information was needed before a decision could be made.