Wolf Administration Tours State-Supported Community Development Projects in Boyertown
Boyertown, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin was joined by local officials and community leaders on a tour of multiple state-supported community development projects in Boyertown, Berks County.
“Walking through the main street district, you really get a sense of character and pride unique to Boyertown,” said Secretary Davin. “The progress made here is a testament to the strong partnerships in the area, and the Wolf Administration is proud to be part of that progress. We’re excited to continue to support Boyertown’s revitalization efforts in the years ahead.”
The tour, led by Building a Better Boyertown, included stops at downtown façade improvements supported through $50,000 in funding from the Wolf Administration; the anchor building at 39-45 S. Reading Ave. that was supported by a $300,000 state grant to rehabilitate the property into a restaurant and mixed-use space on the first floor and renovate the five upstairs apartments; and the multi-phase railyard redevelopment project of Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, which was awarded a $1.5 million grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) earlier this year to construct a regional welcome center and community event center with a 100-foot tower, replicating landmark railway terminals from Pennsylvania’s history.
“There is a synergy happening in Boyertown between community members, business owners, non-profits, and the borough, county, and the state,” said Adrianne Blank, main street manager with Building a Better Boyertown. “With the state providing more than $2.4 million over the past few years for Boyertown’s revitalization, our community has been able to enhance and maintain the unique historic buildings of our downtown commercial properties. This funding was instrumental in spurring economic growth from all directions, and along with a gift from BB&T has resulted in the new tourism initiative which is drawing visitors to share Boyertown’s unique charm.”
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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132