$419K in State Funds Going to Local Projects

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KENNETT SQUARE, PA — State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced that East Marlborough Township and the Kennett Greenways Project will be the recipient of a total of $419,000 in Commonwealth Financial Authority Multimodal and Act 13 funds.

“This funding is integral to providing several projects with the money they need to get off the ground,” Sappey said. “The multimodal grants are a part of a much larger plan for the Kennett Greenway, a 14-plus mile pedestrian and bicycle loop designed to connect the greater Kennett community, including New Garden Township, to everyday destinations, areas of natural beauty and local points of interest. These projects provide safety and promote health while respecting the environment.”

Awards have been granted as follows:

  • $400,000 has been allocated in CFA Multimodal funds for Kennett Greenway Connectors at Birch Street and the Magnolia Underpass. The streetscape improvements will occur along Birch Street, a few blocks from downtown Kennett Square Borough. Proposed improvements will include implementation of stormwater best management practices and roadway reconstruction. Additional improvements include new sidewalks, ADA curbs and ramps, crosswalks and signage promoting alternatives to vehicular travel.
    The proposed underpass project will include a new 10-foot-wide multi-use trail approaching an 8-foot high by a 12-foot-wide underpass, to be located beneath the East Penn Railroad, with pedestrian lighting. When completed, the Magnolia Underpass will eliminate the physical barrier that prevents trail users from easily and safely accessing both sides of the rail tracks.
  • $19,000 in CFA Sewage Facilities Program funds will be provided for East Marlborough Township’s Act 537 Plan Update. This plan update will evaluate the sewage planning needs of the existing wastewater treatment plant service area and those areas not currently served by the WWTP. The plan will also evaluate the need for expanding the sewer service area to areas in need.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. Unique among state agencies in structure and scope, the CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking and Securities.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the CFA for statewide initiatives for complying with the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act.

For more information, contact Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264.

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