Wolf Administration Tours State-Funded Revitalization Projects in West Chester
West Chester, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders on a tour of community development and revitalization projects in downtown West Chester, Chester County. The tour included stops at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center and viewed several downtown façade improvements supported through DCED’s Keystone Communities program. It also visited La Baguette Magique, a French bakery that opened with the assistance of DCED’s Office of International Business Development.
“The sense of community and pride in West Chester is apparent just from walking through the city and seeing some of the new businesses and recent improvements made here,” Secretary Davin said. “The efforts from local leadership and partners, as well as support from the Wolf Administration, have helped make West Chester a fantastic place to live and work. I’m looking forward to seeing how it grows even further in the years ahead.”
The first stop on the tour, led by West Chester Business Improvement District (BID), was the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, which received $250,000 through the Keystone Communities program and $250,000 in Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The funding was used to transform the former armory into a performance space for live theater, music, films, and education programs. The tour then proceeded to view several renovated facades along Church, Walnut, and High streets, which were also supported by a total of $15,000 in Keystone Communities funding.
“The resources provided by DCED has contributed to our common goal of community growth and prosperity,” said Malcolm Johnstone, executive director of the West Chester BID. “We are grateful for the invaluable partnership that helps make West Chester the vibrant and special place it is today.”
The final stop on the tour was La Baguette Magique, an artisan French bakery on Market Street. The bakery, which offers breads and pastries made using French and Old World methods, was opened in 2015 after French owner Catherine Seisson received technical assistance through DCED’s Office of International Business Development that helped with navigating the real estate, legal, and commercial processes.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132