WEST CHESTER TWP. – The old West Chester Activity Center is set to be refurbished for medical surgeries.
On Wednesday, trustees approved the sale of the 16,389-square-foot building for $1.9 million to RS Professionals LLC, owned by Dr. Muhamed Aziz, which operates professional psychiatric services on US 42.
The company has 30 days to inspect the building and 60 days to finalize the payment of the offer in cash. The deal includes the option of a 14-day extension provided an additional $100,000 is paid as a deposit.
Under the contract, the building is being sold “as is” and trustee Mark Welch said the buyer is aware that the roof and HVAC system are in poor condition and need to be repaired or replaced.
“They’d have to find something structurally wrong for the deal to not go through,” Welch said. “No later than 104 days from yesterday, whether it will be sold or not.”
The center housed the MidPointe Library branch and senior activities
Built in 1984, the building was used as a branch of the township’s MidPointe Library and later as an activity center. It has been empty since 2019, when the nonprofit Community First pulled out of its agreement to manage the facility.
The elderly had repeatedly asked the municipality to renovate the building to use it again as a community center, but that did not happen. Seniors now meet at the West Chester branch of the MidPointe Library and at the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.
After May 19, seniors will meet at Lakota West High School until school starts in August, then return to the Boys and Girls Club, senior Anne Holbrook said.
Second time for the sale of the building
This is the second time the township has attempted to sell the building which sits on 3.6 acres at 3900 Cox Road. A 2019 deal with Regency Center Acquisitions LLC fell through last summer.
Regency planned to use the activity center and purchase surrounding properties for build a big Kroger market on the site.
“I am delighted that a small contractor from West Chester is interested in this building, will improve it and provide services to the local community,” said Welch.
“(But) until it closes, there’s just the idea of a deal.”
Among the services offered by Professional Psychiatric Services is residential treatment for patients with mental disorders and addictions. According to township zoning, overnight hospital care would be prohibited on the Cox Road property being purchased, said Township spokeswoman Barbara Wilson.