Wolf Administration Announces Enhancements of Critical Transportation Infrastructure to Ellis Preserve Town Center in Delaware County
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced the approval of new funding for critical transportation infrastructure improvements in Newtown Township, Delaware County that will support the development of the Ellis Preserve Town Center.
“The ongoing development of Ellis Preserve Town Center is a significant economic development project for Newtown Township, bringing thousands of jobs and vital commercial and real estate space to the area,” Secretary Davin said. “These transportation enhancements will enable Ellis Preserve to reach its full potential, and is a great example of the Wolf Administration helping to create the conditions that development projects require to succeed.”
Equus Capital Partners, the developer of Ellis Preserve Town Center, was approved for a $2,000,000 grant for improvements to the intersection of State Route 252 and State Route 3. This phase of the project also includes the widening of PA Route 3 to three lanes, both eastbound and westbound from SAP Drive to Rhodes Ave. These improvements will reduce traffic congestion and enable further development of the Ellis Preserve Town Center, a 210-acre planned development of commercial/retail, hotel, residential, and office space that is expected to create more than 2,500 new jobs in Newtown Township.
“We are proud that Ellis Preserve has contributed to the growth of Delaware County’s job and tax base by attracting new businesses and residents,” said Stephen Spaeder, senior vice president of Equus Capital Partners. “The hard work and support of DCED has been instrumental in the coordination and funding of this important new infrastructure enhancement. When complete, Ellis Preserve will have contributed more than $10,000,000 of enhancements to local roads and infrastructure. DCED’s and Ellis’ partnership in advancing the project continues to encourage overall growth with a superior level of design and quality.”
Funding for the project was provided by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds (TIIF) program. The TIIF program is administered in cooperation with DCED and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
“On behalf of Governor Wolf, we at PennDOT are delighted to assist with additional improvements to West Chester Pike and Route 252 and the intersection at this development,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This vibrant area will see even more prosperity as these investments boost the economy even further and the road improvements ease traffic flow.”
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132