Pottsville City Officials Want to "Revive" Market Street

Published 04/15 2014 05:37PM

Updated 04/16 2014 06:11AM

Pottsville, Schuylkill County -Amy Borbst, a Pottsville resident, remembers the time when Market Street was a destination.

"It was very crowded and there was lots of things to do," she said.

Brobst has lived in Pottsville her whole life and would love to see it be a popular place again. She has ideas to get it that way again.

"Craft stores, more restaurants, clothing stores," she said.

All that could be a reality again someday now that city administrators have announced a new campaign to clean up the blight on the street, making it more attractive for potential businesses.

They're focused on the area from Center Street to Garfield Square, which includes 61 properties.

"Let's be honest there's always things that every community that needs to do to change," Pottsville City Administrator, Thomas Palamar, said. "I think being introspective that's where it begins."

The campaign builds off the success the city had cleaning up other areas of the city.

It comes with three phases.
Palamar said the first part is asking businesses what they want to see.

"Step two will be taking every single property, there are 61 of them, and assessing them," he said.

Finally, in June they'll present their ideas at a meeting to local leaders.

Palamar said being just a block away from the popular Yuengling brewery there's no reason stores should sit empty. He said with a little help Market Street could easily turn into a major destination in Schuylkill County.

"The more we do to meet the needs of our local businesses, as well as residents, I think you're going to see things take off as we know they can and should," he said.

Palamar told Eyewitness News they plan on funding the campaign with grant money and help from local legislators.

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