|Rep. Jaret A. Gibbons
10th Legislative District
Lawrence, Beaver, and Butler counties
|Construction of Ellwood City's downtown plaza is nearly complete|
The landscape of downtown Ellwood City is changing with the construction of a beautiful new community plaza and farmers' market. The grand opening of the new community hub will be next spring.
Rep. Gibbons secured $1.15 million for the major project to revitalize the downtown with a plaza containing a series of waterfalls, performance stage, and farmers’ market. Thanks to years of hard work by many people in the community, the new plaza creates a downtown destination for shoppers and visitors that will bolster the local economy and improve the quality of life.
Already crews have prepared the site's western wall, which will be the focal point of the plaza with water cascading from new windows into flower boxes below in the plaza.
Other features designed to attract people downtown include a 40-by-40-foot outdoor stage that can be aligned toward the Beaver Street parking lot, where there will be space for 2,000 people. The plaza will have seating for 200 to 250 people.
The grants will help fund the project including such work as paving and storm water management improvements, utility installation, making the area ADA accessible, and completing the necessary landscaping and signage.
Ellwood City Farmers’ Market improvements
The farmers' market along the Beaver Avenue parking lot will be made more pedestrian friendly with new landscaping, proper sidewalks and a comfort station. Hundreds of people shop at the market every Saturday and these improvements should make it even more successful.
State Grants Critical to Project
The state is committed to helping Ellwood City revitalize its downtown by committing three grants totaling $1.15 million for the project.
$350,000 DCNR grant
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Community Conservation Partnerships Program is providing a $350,000 grant. CCPP grants are designed to provide financial and technical assistance to local communities and organizations for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenways projects.
$300,000 DCED grant
The Department of Community and Economic Development provided a $300,000 grant through the Housing & Redevelopment Assistance program. It helps communities become more competitive for business retention, expansion and attraction.
$500,000 RCAP grant
The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is providing a $500,000 grant. The competitive grants administered through the Governor's Office on the Budget must be matched by private and non-state funds.