Williams: Influx of $8.5 million in funding awarded across 74th Legislative District

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, today announced that a total of $8.5 million in state funding was awarded across the 74th Legislative District for redevelopment initiatives in Caln Township, Coatesville, Sadsbury Township and West Sadsbury Township.

“This substantial funding will allow for redevelopment projects and is crucial to bringing jobs and progress to our community,” Williams said. “This funding will allow for increased vocational training and expansion to include adult education and training; alleviate traffic backups and provide better access to a new shopping center; create jobs; and to help Coatesville start the process of building a new public works building and fire department. I’ll continue fighting for funding like this for the benefit of residents across the district.”

Williams said $1.2 million in funding through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program was awarded to Chester County Intermediate Unit 24 for renovations to its learning center. Williams said the funding will support renovations to the center’s vocational shops that fall under CCIU’s vocational training umbrella. The grant will also support CCIU’s expansion efforts geared toward providing adult educational and training programs in and around the Coatesville community. Additional redevelopment efforts like installing new windows, improving doors and security, and upgrading lighting and HVAC systems also will be supported by the state funding awarded Wednesday.

Another $2 million of the RACP funding will go toward traffic improvements and site work at the Shoppes of Sadsbury, Williams said. The project includes a five-lane connector road that will link state Route 30 with state Route 10, providing for substantial traffic relief.

Williams said an additional $1.8 million of the funding is earmarked for roof remediation efforts at the International Paper Co.’s newly converted Atglen Container Plant in West Sadsbury Township.  Opening next year, the plant will bring back more than 150 jobs that were lost when the previous company closed the facility.

The remaining $3.5 million in RACP funding will support the construction of both a new firehouse and public works building in Coatesville. The project will include the demolition of the existing public works building, expanding the city’s property, construction of the new buildings, and improvements to City Hall Place and Kersey Street.

More information on the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program can be found here.