Williams announces $80K grant toward revitalization of downtown Coatesville

COATESVILLE, Dec. 19 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced an $80,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program grant to assist the Coatesville commercial district.

The program, which had statewide grants announced Thursday by Governor Tom Wolf, “promotes community participation and collaborations among nonprofits, businesses and residents,” according to Wolf’s release.

In Coatesville, 2nd Century Alliance, in partnership with Chester County, was awarded $80,000 under the Neighborhood Partnership Program to help kickstart a commercial district makeover.

The first year of the NPP funds allowed for the hire of a full-time downtown coordinator whose focus is the revitalization of the city’s commercial core. First-year funding also supports a façade grant program and a sustainable, clean, safe and green program to improve the aesthetics of the area as the downtown manager works to implement those programs.

“Revitalizing Coatesville remains one of my top priorities,” Williams said. “This funding will help 2nd Century Alliance continue the hard work they and their partners have been doing to make our community a wonderful place to live, to visit and to own and operate a business.”

The second-year grant funding will continue the developments of the first year, with focus on rehabilitation of blighted properties, business retention, construction of and improvements for quality residential space, attracting a diverse and unique group of retail and hospitality businesses, adding parking, reducing criminal activity, and implementing green and environmentally friendly programs.