has come a long way since it was formed in the basement of a church in 1976. Over the next year, the organization will run an aggressive campaign to raise money for a new facility.
The future center will be in a roughly 18,000-square-feet building that was used as the former Pottstown Family Health Club at 288 Moser Road in Pottstown.
"We are about to start a $1.2 million capital campaign," said PASC Assistant Executive Direcor Bob Hager. So far, the center raised about $100,000 from a Pottstown Area Health And Wellness Foundation grant, he said.
The center's current facility at 724 North Adams Street in Pottstown has roughly 3,500 members and covers about 6,800-square-feet that's shared with the .
Some days, 250 members are at the center at the same time to partake in activities such as shuffleboard, poker and a history class.
Attendance is expected to grow in the coming years. The average age of a Pottstown resident is 54 whereas the average age of folks across the state is 38, he said.
"It's a tight ship here," Hager said. "The center is very active. Sometimes I don't have places to put activities."
Center officials hope to move into the new building around August, 2013.
Although plans are not definite, significant changes to the building might include a new entrance, commercial kitchen, modern lighting, elevator, cafe and space that could be rented to a doctor's office or for another use.
The preliminary plan also includes 82 parking spaces dedicated for seniors to use.
To learn more, donate to the campaign or tour the new facility, email Bob Hager at firstname.lastname@example.org.