Chester County unveils over $2 million in investments for Coatesville

Chester County commissioners unveiled three new investments in Coatesville programs, services and infrastructure this week, attributing the efforts to  effective partnerships and cooperation among community leaders and groups, as well as  private investors.

Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline revealed the details of a $500,000 grant for Coatesville. Farrell said the county’s latest Community Revitalization Program (CRP) funds will finance a new two-tier parking garage to support increased commercial activity.

“This half-million-dollar investment complements the CRP award of $700,000 that the county made to Coatesville last year for Lincoln Highway and First Avenue intersection improvements,” Farrell said.“CRP grants have benefited Coatesville and our 15 other urban centers over the past 13 years.”

Cozzone announced a $1.4 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to build a new senior center, expected to serve 1,300-plus patrons daily for counseling, meals and assistance, while Kichline disclosed plans for the county to fund a $130,000 LINK bus-service budget shortfall, stressing the importance of mass-transit infrastructure. With Chester County’s contribution to LINK, the bus line is eligible for a generous additional PennDOT grant to fund service six days a week for the remainder of the year.

Chester County, the first county in Pennsylvania to initiate a strategic planning process, has been named by Forbes.com and Movoto.com as one of America’s best places to raise a family and has been ranked as one of the healthiest counties in Pennsylvania by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.