WEST CHESTER _Chester County Commissioners approved yesterday $2.75 million in Community Revitalization Program (CRP) grants.
“For more than 10 years, these CRP grants have helped to improve communities across Chester County, focusing on urban areas,” said Commissioner Chair Ryan Costello. “Not only do they help to improve the public health and safety of our community, but over the years, the CRP funds have helped to significantly increase the taxable assessments of our urban centers, in some cases, by more than 15 percent.”
West Grove Borough is receiving $1,111,000 for infrastructure improvements on, and surrounding the area of Willow Street and South Guernsey Road; Modena is receiving $52,000 for street lighting improvements; Spring City is receiving $125,000 for storm water improvements and ADA improvements; the Borough of Downingtown is receiving $450,000 for the rehabilitation of a drinking water storage tank; Malvern is being awarded $500,000 for streetscape improvements on South Warren Avenue, Channing Avenue and West First Avenue; Oxford is receiving $225,000 for Market Street streetscape improvements; and West Chester Borough is receiving $293,000 for recycling improvements in the Business Improvement District.
“These projects are all in line with our strategic plan and with Landscapes, the County’s land use plan that bridges growth with preservation,” said Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. “CRP grants have contributed greatly to the success of community revitalization in Chester County, helping to spur additional economic development along our main streets. This year’s list of rants is no exception, with many streetscape and infrastructure upgrades that will help encourage more commercial and residential growth in our boroughs.
Commissioner Terence Farrell added, “The CRP grants are structured to help our 16 urban centers undertake infrastructure improvements through direct funds that have, over the years, leveraged millions more in investment. It is an efficient program that encourages the urban centers to review the needs of the community and develop plans to make the changes happen. Often these changes are the slightly-less glamorous,but very important upgrades to water, storm water and sewer systems, and with every completion, residents and businesses really benefit.”
Since the Community Revitalization Program began in 2002, the County has awarded more than $51.5 million in Community Revitalization program and Community Development Block Grant program grants to the sixteen urban centers (City of Coatesville and the 15 Boroughs) for infrastructure improvements, according to Pat Bokovitz, director of Chester County Department of Community Development.
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