West Reading gets state money for streetscape project

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State money is on its way to West Reading to help the Berks County borough undertake a streetscape project in its Center Point neighborhood.

A $246,512 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Keystone Communities program will be used to address issues presented by old, deteriorated, and unsightly sidewalks and broken curbs; a lack of green space; and ran water permeability.

"It's imperative that we continue to revitalize our neighborhoods and give our communities the sense of pride they deserve," said state Rep. Mark Rozzi, a Berks County Democrat. "Buildings age and streets crack as they get older, and I'm appreciative that Gov. Tom Wolf approved this funding for a very worthwhile cause."

The West Reading project is one of nine across the state that will receive a total of more than $1.4 million in state funding.

"Strong communities are built by projects that encourage revitalization and business development and the investments approved today will assist in doing just that," Gov. Tom Wolf said. "Our communities thrive economically when the residents invest their time and energy into the revitalization process and I am extremely excited that these nine communities are doing just that."

Other grants approved Thursday include $200,000 for redevelopment of the Pennsylvania National Guard armory in West Chester and $200,000 for acquisition, demolition, and rehabilitation of blighted properties in Schuylkill County.

"We look forward to positive outcomes from the approved projects that will contribute to the overall economic well-being of the commonwealth," said Dennis Davin, secretary of the DCED.

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