Zabel announces $50K state grant for Upper Darby

DREXEL HILL, Aug. 2 – Continuing his efforts to help community revitalization and improvement, state Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, announced Upper Darby Township has been approved for a $50,000 state grant. The money will be used to improve façades in the Terminal Square area in Upper Darby.

“The process of looking at ways to plan for development and improve our hometowns never ends, whether it’s saving and enriching historic storefronts and building façades that have been part of our hometown for generations or other endeavors like studying ways to ease traffic flow,” Zabel said. “I’m grateful for the local business owners and government officials, including Upper Darby Township Council and Upper Darby Mayor Barbarann Keffer, who continue to take the lead on important projects like this one.”

Upper Darby Township announced on Facebook that applications to receive funding from the $50,000 grant will be available soon, and Mayor Keffer will provide a match for this grant through funds from the Community Development Block Grant Programs.

The approved $50,000 grant came via the Keystone Communities Program, through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Façade grants are available to stimulate private investment in properties, foster an attractive environment, and preserve the architectural heritage of properties and communities. The grant funds may be used for primary street-facing, exterior building improvements in a defined target area of a downtown or neighborhood including but not limited to storefront signs, exterior façade painting and design assistance.