Building a Better Sinking Spring
The purpose of revitalizing and improving the Sinking Spring downtown business district is to improve the quality of life for all who reside and do business in the borough.
It has been determined that the chief impediment to economic growth in the business district was heavy vehicle traffic congestion. So, by realigning two main intersections, traffic will be alleviated and will create a new through street parallel to and south of the main east-west corridor, U.S. Route 422, and Penn Avenue. This new through street will connect the eastern and western north-south routes on either side of the central business district and act as the Borough’s new downtown “Business District,” allowing access to over twenty acres of under-developed commercial land.
The Spring Market Center was redeveloped in 2010 as a 10-acre modern shopping destination with shops such as Lidl, Five Guys Burgers, Family Dollar, and more! The Spring Market Center generates tens of thousands of dollars in business tax revenue for the Borough.
This phase will realign the western intersections of Penn, Columbia, and Cacoosing Avenues allowing for traffic flow relieving much of the business district’s traffic congestion. These improvements will resolve issues with commercial vehicles and allow a better flow into the downtown business district.
This project will create a new downtown street connector. This new thoroughfare is the lynchpin of the Boss Forward revitalization plan as it will create economic sustainability for the Borough.
This final piece of the infrastructure plan realigns the eastern intersections of Penn, Shillington, and Mull Avenues. This will complete the borough’s traffic plan and alleviate the remaining cause of congestion downtown.
In 2012, Kautter & Kelley Architects of Wyomissing drafted the preliminary New Town Center design. Alcon Precision Instruments Company provided funding through a private community grant. The New Town Center design will accommodate local traffic while providing for specific business categories, residential properties, and recreational activities, making it a convenient and walkable public area.
Village Greens Redevelopment
The former Village Greens Golf Course is being redeveloped and will become three separate but unified structures: an assisted-living facility, apartments, and a medical office building.
Of the 216 apartment units, nearly two-thirds will be single-bedroom apartments, which figures to blunt the potential impact the development would have on Wilson School District classroom capacity.
The assisted living facility will consist of 60 independent living units, 51 assisted living units, and 20 memory care units.
The development will include three access points to the triangular site: one off Broad Street, one off Reedy Road, and one off Cacoosing Avenue.
An opening date for the senior living community is scheduled for December 2023. Triple Crown Corporation will be the general contractor for the project.