Two state grants awarded to Passyunk Ave. Revitalization Corp.

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – The Passyunk Ave. Revitalization Corp. has received two grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to improve recreation and transportation flow in the area. Specifically, one grant in the amount of $125,000 will be used to improve the plaza area at the town square located on S. 11th Street in state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler’s, D-Phila., legislative district. 

The second grant will be used to address the traffic convergence of four streets (E. Passyunk Ave., Tasker St., S. 11th St. and Cross St.), to highlight the Singing Fountain Plaza’s central role while also facilitating the movement of people via various modes of travel. She said this $500,000 grant will be vital in growing the bustling business corridor and supporting the surrounding community. 

“This is a main community meeting point, where families, friends and seniors regularly gather to rest, enjoy the weather, and enjoy food or beverages from some of the many great local businesses,” Fiedler said.

Fiedler said she was glad to assist in supporting the grant applications and is looking forward to seeing the work done in her district. 

“These state funds will support the amazing work being done by local small business owners and by neighbors who are committed to supporting each other during good times and challenging ones,” she said.  

Passyunk Square Civic Association (PARC), East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, and the East Passyunk Business Improvement District supported the project through community meetings and outreach to better understand the concerns and limitations of the Singing Fountain Plaza and the associated intersections.

“This is an exciting opportunity to address pedestrian safety and to make needed improvements to this beloved community space,” said Bryan Fenstermaker, executive director for PARC. “We appreciate the efforts of Rep. Fiedler and Sen. Saval in helping address pedestrian safety in our neighborhoods.”