Gov. Wolf Tours West Fairview, Stresses Need to Secure Critical Infrastructure Funding

April 05, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined state and local leaders in East Pennsboro Township for a tour of blighted properties in West Fairview Village to highlight how Restore Pennsylvania will aid in the area and revitalize communities. The massive rebuilding plan funded through a commonsense severance tax will help commonwealth communities address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure.

“I have yet to visit a community that would not benefit greatly from the Restore Pennsylvania proposal,” said Governor Wolf. “That is why this proposal makes sense and municipalities across the commonwealth are in support of this critical infrastructure improvement plan.”

Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.

West Fairview is the oldest village in East Pennsboro Township. Former community conveniences from this formerly busy area such as grocery stores, an ice cream shop, doctors’ offices, and a shoe store have disappeared, and the community is struggling with poorly maintained and blighted structures.

“The Authority is keenly interested in addressing blight and the infrastructure needs of our county,” said Tim Whelan, Executive Director, The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority. “We welcome Governor Wolf’s interest in our efforts to address the housing needs of West Fairview Village. The governor’s willingness to understand the struggles of local municipalities and find new resources to address the evident problems is greatly appreciated.”

View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan.

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