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Self-Storage to Replace Former Swimming Pool in Reading, PA

Reading Storage LLC, which operates 12 self-storage facilities in Pennsylvania, is seeking zoning approval to convert Hillside Swimming Pool in Reading, Pa., to self-storage. The developer has the site at 339 N. 14th St. under contract but has requested several variances, according to the source.

Plans for the community pool, which hasn’t been used in a decade, include demolishing the existing structures and building a new storage facility containing 250 units, said Ryan D. McFadden, managing partner. It’ll offer customers 24-hour access.

The developer presented the request to the zoning board last week, and a decision is expected on Aug. 8. In addition to approval for the conversion, the developer is requesting several variances related to parking, fencing and sidewalk requirements.

The Hillside Swimming Association has maintained the property and covered the water and tax bills since the site closed in 2009, said Mike Lerch, a member and area resident. “As shareholders drop out, this is getting more difficult to do,” Lerch said. “We are very committed to see that the property is used for something productive.”

The site has been on the market since 2009, but has had little interest because it’s zoned residential, said Randy Weidner, a broker with Re/Max of Reading who had the listing.

Founded in 2012, Reading Storage offers a mix of traditional self-storage, warehouse space and vehicle parking.

Sources:
Reading Eagle, Self-Storage Facility Sought to Replace Swimming Pool in Reading
LinkedIn, Ryan McFadden

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