what is with this boarded up place in phoenixville?

phoenixvilleI have apparently channeled my inner bubble head and can’t remember WHERE exactly this is in Phoenixville, only it may NOT actually be the borough.  It is on Route 29.  The nice man at the Phoenixville Historical Society seems to think it is in neighboring Schuylkill Township.

Anyone know anything?  I have heard conflicting stories. Some people say it is historic, others say not historic, just abandoned but some family still owns the land.  I have heard it may have had a retail use at one time too.

Just one of those curiously abandoned structures that litter Chester County.  I figure all of them have a story.

I still do not get how people abandon their land and stuff just is allowed to rot. Sorry the photos are odd, every time I see this place I am a passenger in a car and I have to snap quickly with phone camera….