WEST CHESTER TWP. – The former West Chester Activity Center is back on the market.
RS Professionals LLC has waived its business to buy the 16,389 square foot building for $1.9 million. Dr. Muhamed Aziz, who owns RS Professionals and operates professional psychiatric services on US 42, had planned to renovate the property for medical practices.
Under the purchase agreement, Aziz had until May 20 to fully inspect the building.
“We have decided not to proceed with the purchase of the Cox Road property due to the extensive remodeling that would need to be done to accommodate our needs due to the floor plan and structural design current ones,” said Laura Sheehan, Professional Psychiatric Services. responsible for the practice.
“We are exploring all available real estate options to expand services to our patient population.”
Prior to bidding, Aziz knew that the roof and HVAC system were in poor condition and needed repair or replacement. The building was being sold “as is,” said Mark Welch, chairman of the board.
“He backed off and he backed off long enough to get his deposit back. (It) ended well and it’s time to move on,’ Welch said.
“It’s another false start. In any real estate transaction, it’s not a done deal until you’re closed. It’s not uncommon.
North Ridge Realty Group is the listing agent for the township. The former activity center sits on 3.6 acres at 3900 Cox Road. It will re-list at $2.5 million.
“We put it back on the market for better opportunities,” trustee Lee Wong said. “That’s how business works.”
Built in 1984, the building was used as Township Branch of MidPointe Library then as a center of activities. It has been empty since 2019, when the nonprofit Community First pulled out of its agreement to manage the facility.
This is the second time that the municipality has tried to sell the building. A 2019 deal with Regency Center Acquisitions LLC fell through last summer.
Regency planned to use the business center and purchase surrounding properties to build a large Kroger market on the site.
The seniors had repeatedly petitioned the township to renovate the building for use as a community center again, but that did not happen. Welch said it was no longer under consideration.
Seniors now meet at the West Chester branch of the MidPointe Library and Lakota West High School until classes resume in August and return to meet at the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.