Gov. Wolf Makes Surprise Visit to Coatesville

Gov. Tom Wolf paid a surprise visit to see Coatesville’s revitalization work first-hand on a walking tour with local leaders. Image via The Times of Chester County.

Once thought unlikely, the renaissance that’s now in the works at the center of Coatesville is impressing even Gov. Tom Wolf, who recently paid a surprise visit to the city, according to a report from The Times of Chester County by Lauren Parker.

“All eyes are on Coatesville to see what you’re doing here because it’s really important and I’m happy to be a part of this; I’m really impressed,” Wolf said.

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Wolf spent the bulk of his visit on a walking tour of Coatesville’s revitalization efforts, particularly plans to reconstruct North Third Avenue and build a new train station at Fleetwood Street, as well as the Gateway Redevelopment Project that’s aiming to bring restaurants, retail and office space, and parking to South First Avenue and Lincoln Highway.

At Fuel City Café and along the way, the governor met with local leaders as well, including state Rep. Harry Lewis, City Manager Mike Trio, City Councilman Ed Simpson, 2nd Century Alliance’s Sonia Huntzinger and DEPG Associates CEO Jim DePetris.

“It’s important, what you’re doing to bring Coatesville back,” Wolf said. “Before, Lukens Steel was the centerpiece of the economy here and created a lot of jobs.

“The steel industry has seen better days, but you’re bouncing back.”

Read more about Gov. Wolf’s visit to Coatesville from The Times of Chester County here.

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