WEST CHESTER, PA — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline have unanimously approved $5 million in grants for community revitalization. The funds come from the County’s Community Revitalization Program (CRP) and were announced at a public meeting held Thursday.
“The CRP grants help our urban centers ensure that crucial infrastructure needs are maintained and improved,” shared Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz. She added that the funds encourage more development and redevelopment. Over the past two decades, the County has awarded nearly $80 million – $68 million from CRP alone – to local communities, enhancing their safety and appeal as places to live and work.
Commissioner Josh Maxwell highlighted the significance of these investments in water and sewer system upgrades, stormwater management, roadway improvements, and streetscaping. He noted that these projects enable urban centers to accommodate new growth and increase taxable assessments. The awards encourage revitalization using smart growth strategies.
The $5 million in CRP awards will fund eleven projects, including:
- $1 million to the Borough of Oxford for the redevelopment around Niblock Alley and Broad Street Bridge.
- $800,000 to the Borough of Modena for stormwater management and road improvements.
- $728,278 to the Borough of Phoenixville for the enhancement of the Starr Street and Bridge Street intersection.
- $697,797 to the Borough of West Chester for infrastructure at the Gay Street Open-Air Marketplace.
- $420,706 to the Borough of Atglen for Church Street and Tee Alley stormwater management system relocation.
- $400,000 to the Borough of South Coatesville for Youngsburg Road stormwater inlet replacement.
- $390,640 to the Borough of Spring City for the completion of public parking improvements.
- $204,370 to the Borough of Honey Brook for curb, sidewalk, road, and storm pipe rehabilitation on South Chestnut Street.
- $164,399 to the Borough of West Grove for the completion of the Prospect Avenue sidewalk to the Borough line.
- $113,810 to the City of Coatesville for a comprehensive evaluation of the Gibbons Run Culvert system.
- $100,000 to the Borough of Avondale to survey and map the borough’s water, sewer, and stormwater systems.
Commissioner Michelle Kichline explained that CRP awards are now given in a two-year cycle, allowing more funding for larger projects that benefit more people. She affirmed the County of Chester’s commitment to continue awarding money to urban centers, citing these as worthwhile investments that benefit all residents today and into the future.