Chester County commissioners approve grants

The Chester County Commissioners approved $2.9 million in Community Revitalization Program (CRP) grants on Tuesday, July 8.

Area recipients include the Borough of Kennett Square, which received $280,000 for West Cypress Street water mains, and the Borough of Avondale, which was awarded more than $620,000 for water system improvements.

“Over the years, CRP grants have helped to improve communities across Chester County, focusing on urban areas,” said Commissioners’ Chair Ryan Costello. “In addition to improving the public health and safety of our community, these funds have encouraged more commercial and residential growth, and have spurred significant increases in taxable assessments in the urban centers.

Commissioner Kathi Cozzone added that the “CRP grants have contributed greatly to the success of community revitalization in Chester County, helping to focus economic development along our main streets.” Commissioner Terence Farrell explained that the grants are structured to help the county’s 16 urban centers undertake infrastructure improvements “that have, over the years, leveraged millions more in investment.”

Elsewhere in the county, the beneficiaries include Honey Brook Borough,  more than $200,000 for its business district streetscape improvements;  Phoenixville, nearly $400,000 for its water treatment plant flood wall improvements; South Coatesville Borough,  $700,000 for sanitary sewer line extensions and storm water improvements; and the City of Coatesville,  $700,000 for Lincoln Highway and 1st Avenue intersection improvements, according to a county news release.

Since the Community Revitalization Program began in 2002, the county has awarded more than $54.4 million in Community Revitalization program and Community Development Block Grant program grants to the sixteen urban centers (City of Coatesville and 15 boroughs) for infrastructure improvements, according to Pat Bokovitz, director of the Chester County Department of Community Development.


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