COATESVILLE, PA — State Representative Dan Williams, D-Chester, hosted a gathering of state officials on Wednesday, emphasizing the necessity for additional state funding to propel Coatesville’s redevelopment efforts.
Since assuming office in 2019, Williams has played a pivotal role in securing funding for several redevelopment projects in Coatesville. This includes $3.5 million each for constructing a new firehouse and public works building, $400,000 for the Movement Community Development Corp., and over $4 million in separate grants for a parking facility at the Coatesville train station.
Despite these achievements, Williams stressed that more work remains. Coatesville, once an industrial hub, now has the highest poverty rate in Chester County. According to Williams, even a modest investment in the city can yield substantial returns.
Williams highlighted the resilience of Coatesville’s residents, stating that a robust redevelopment effort focusing on just three to four blocks could improve the lives of the city’s 14,000 residents.
State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the House Appropriations Committee, joined Williams on the tour of Coatesville. He concurred with Williams’ sentiments, acknowledging the strides Coatesville has made in its redevelopment efforts.
Harris praised Williams for his tireless advocacy for Coatesville and underscored the importance of continued state funding for the city’s redevelopment. He characterized this investment as a testament to the community’s spirit and resilience and a stepping stone towards revitalization.
Williams represents the 74th Legislative District, which includes Atglen, Coatesville, Honey Brook Borough, Honey Brook Township, Modena, Parkesburg, Sadsbury, South Coatesville, Valley, West Caln, West Sadsbury, and Districts 1, 2, and 3 of Caln in Chester County.
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