Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined local community development leaders to tour several community revitalization projects, including the Coatesville Gateway Redevelopment Project and the new Coatesville Train Station project, in the city of Coatesville, Chester County. The projects were funded through a combination of sources including the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and federal and private sources.
“The evolution that Coatesville is making here is extraordinary,” said Governor Wolf. “And the most encouraging aspect of that progress is that it breeds more progress. When a community gets revitalized, not only does it improve the quality of life for the people who live and work here, but it attracts more development that will spur the local economy. I’m excited to see how Coatesville will continue to transform itself for years to come.”
The Coatesville Gateway Redevelopment Project stands as a cornerstone of the revitalization efforts in Coatesville. Plans include the construction of 20,000 square feet of new neighborhood retail, secure residential parking, and 44 market-rate apartments to be built in one, four-story mixed use structure in the heart of downtown Coatesville. DCED provided nearly $6.5 million in funding through grants and loans for the $21 million project, with an additional $3 million provided by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
“We were thrilled to have the Governor visit,” said Sonia Huntzinger, Economic Development Administrator, 2nd Century Alliance. “The state has been incredibly supportive of our revitalization efforts in Coatesville and we were proud to be able to show him the burgeoning results of that support.”
Following the stop at the Gateway Redevelopment site, Governor Wolf visited the site for the new Coatesville Train Station currently in design review. The new station is required because the current station is positioned in a way to make it impossible to bring it up to full ADA accessibility standards. PennDOT will support the project with $20 million in funding to the Coatesville Station project in coordination with the City of Coatesville Redevelopment Authority, which is leading the project.
Part of the train station project is a new transit-oriented office building/learning center on Fleetwood Street adjacent to the new station. The project is intended to encourage a walkable and pleasant mix of residential, commercial, and office space while preserving the architectural and historical elements of the original station building. The project also involves improvements on Third Avenue that will enhance walkability between the station and the Lincoln Highway commercial corridor, about four blocks to the south.