After decades of being one of the poorest municipalities in Chester County, Coatesville is finally on its way to becoming prosperous once again with the help of a growing number of interested investors and developers, writes Fran Maye for the Daily Local News.
The city’s revitalization will not happen overnight. However, the gears are already in motion to ensure Coatesville’s economy is once again thriving within the next 10 years.
In recent years, the city has received close to $7 million in grants from the Chester County Department of Community Development’s urban center revitalization program. Some of this funding was used for work on the First Avenue and Lincoln Highway intersection, also known as the city’s gateway. This has already had a positive effect on the city.
“We have activity on First Avenue right now,” said Sonia Huntzinger, executive director of Coatesville Second Century Alliance. “We have attracted investors and things are happening.”
City officials are also eagerly awaiting the construction of the train station on Third Avenue. This will put Coatesville on the map by giving residents greater access to jobs in Philadelphia.
Read more about Coatesville’s revitalization in the Daily Local News here.
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