– Rep. John Lawrence (R-London Grove) and Sen. Carolyn Comitta (D-West Chester) this week announced significant state funding for infrastructure projects across southern Chester County.
“Key infrastructure initiatives recognized for state funding will serve the community for decades to come,” said Lawrence. “For many years, our part of Chester County sent a lot of money to Harrisburg and saw very little in return. Working with elected officials at all levels of government, I’ve worked to right that historical wrong. These state grant awards will help build and rebuild local infrastructure both for today and for the next generation.”
“These investments support a broad scope of improvements in local communities throughout our region,” Comitta said. “From improving local parks to upgrading our local wastewater infrastructure, these projects aim to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for all residents and families.”
Oxford Area Sewer Authority will receive nearly $800,000 to upgrade wastewater infrastructure in Oxford Borough and East Nottingham Township. Funds will be utilized to upgrade the authority’s septage receiving station and complete work at the Grant Street/Twin Ponds pump stations.
“Receipt of this grant funding is great news for the authority and its customers,” said David Busch, executive director of the Oxford Area Sewer Authority. “Once completed, these improvements will lead to operational cost savings and strengthen the sustainability of the authority system to meet the needs of the four municipalities that we serve.”
“The truth is, no one wants to think about underground wastewater pipes – it’s the kind of infrastructure that we all take for granted on a daily basis,” added Lawrence. “Regular maintenance and upgrades are key to ensuring long-term viability of water and wastewater systems, and grants like these provide critical funding to ensure municipal systems remain strong and sustainable.”
Penn Township will receive $500,000 to support continued development of the Penn Township Sports Park on Route 796 north of the Route 1 bypass. When complete, the sports park will provide badly needed youth soccer, lacrosse, football and baseball fields on over 40 acres of preserved land.
“We are honored by the Commonwealth Finance Authority’s award of $500,000 toward the development of Phase 2 of our sports park,” said Victor Mantegna, chair of the Penn Township Board of Supervisors. “These funds will be utilized for an inclusive playground, hockey and basketball courts, pickleball and bocce, providing unique recreational experiences for all. Fostered by our bipartisan team of Sen. Carolyn Comitta and Rep. John Lawrence, this grant reinforces the important work we are doing here in Penn Township to serve all of southern Chester County.”
Oxford Borough will receive $150,000 for infrastructure improvements along Mt. Vernon Street, including road and sidewalk improvements.
“This grant will help us achieve many important goals through one project, improving mobility, safety and accessibility, and adding much-needed green stormwater infrastructure in a very heavily trafficked area of the borough,” said Oxford Borough Council President Kathryn Cloyd.
Grant awards were funded through several competitive programs administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.