READING – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today that West Reading has received a $246,512 grant from the Keystone Communities program to go toward community revitalization.
“It’s imperative that we continue to revitalize our neighborhoods and give our communities the sense of pride they deserve,” Rozzi said. “Buildings age and streets crack as they get older, and I’m appreciative that Governor Tom Wolf approved this funding for a very worthwhile cause.”
The funding will go to undertake a streetscape project within a two block area in West Reading’s designated Keystone Elm Street area. The project will address issues presented by old, deteriorated and unsightly sidewalks and broken curbs, a lack of green space and rain water permeability.
Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life.