POTTSTOWN PA – Downtown Pottstown, which already sparkles with a variety of new stores, restaurants, and nightlife spots, is anticipated to take on new luster with the arrival of its own “Clean Team on High Street” (at top).
The street-side cleaning effort in the borough’s shopping district was announced Thursday (June 22, 2023) by Peggy Lee-Clark, executive director of Pottstown Area Economic Development. “The Clean Team on High Street is part of the broader commitment to assist downtown businesses in their post-pandemic recovery, as well as attracting new businesses and new investors to the borough,” she said.
Funding obtained through the American Rescue Plan Act will pay for a pair of dedicated cleaners provided by RCS Building Services Inc. of Conshohocken. The company also is responsible for regularly scheduled cleaning at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, and the King of Prussia Mall.
The team “will be active on High Street as a consistent presence,” Lee-Clark explained, and will supplement “cleaning efforts that already are in place.” They include post-event clean-ups, community clean-up group programs, and regular street sweeping and trash removal provided by the Pottstown Public Works department.
RCS was chosen after what Lee-Clark called a “thorough and compelling” application process for the federal funding, requests for and reviews of proposals, and interviewing potential contractors. “RCS’ experience in downtown outdoor neighborhoods in Philadelphia,” and its “affordability and flexibility” made it “the best solution,” she added.
The result, according to Lee-Clark, is “a reliable, professional, and affordable year-round staff” that will patrol the downtown area and work to ensure its cleanliness and maintenance. The service occurs at “a pivotal time for Pottstown,” she believes. “We are focused on all the possibilities in front of Pottstown. It is vital to have a safe and continuously well-maintained downtown.”
RCS President Robert Stokley said he hopes “this initiative is the start of a long-lasting partnership.”
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Photo provided to Travels With The Post by Pottstown Area Economic Development