Quakertown officials announced at Monday night’s work session the collaborative effort of the borough, Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce and the Quakertown Historical Society to move the chamber back into Quakertown.
The chamber, located on Portzer Road in Milford, had been out of the borough since 2001.
The organization plans to share the historical society’s building on Main Street which will have daily hours in the hopes of bringing residents in to view the history of the borough.
The borough owns the building and has a lease with the historical society; however, now the lease will be between the Upper Bucks Chamber and the historical society.
Council President Jim Roberts emphasized that there will be no increase in taxes as there will be no cash or rent exchanged between the borough and the Upper Bucks Chamber. Roberts continued by saying, “This is great news; great that we can have this partnership.”
Tara King, executive director of Upper Bucks Chamber, was present during the work session to answer any questions. She explained the Chamber will invest money to replace the garage doors at the location and install carpet on both floors including the stairs.
King also said the Chamber plans to pay for all the materials needed to spruce up the building and the borough’s public works crew will perform all the labor, which was reiterated by Borough Manager Scott McElree.
King also hopes to secure a volunteer core staff on weekends as well to allow for the building to be open seven days a week.
“Quakertown is the heart of Upper Bucks County and with everything going on with the revitalization, it’s time for the chamber to move back to town,” King said.
Borough Manager Scott McElree will proceed with creation of a document stating the agreement between all parties and details of building usage.
He feels the borough’s public works crew should be able to start labor within 30 days of council’s decision to move forward.
McElree also stated, “This is exciting news for the borough, the chamber, and historical society.”