(COALPORT) – At the November 8th meeting of the Glendale Industrial Development Association, the board of directors listened to a presentation by Mary Sue Hoey and Sharon Hamilton, representatives of the Coalport Streetscape Committee—who discussed updates on their planned revitalization of the historic downtown area. This $1.2 million dollar streetscape project, to begin construction by March 2012, will involve a 5-block area of Main Street (Route 53) Coalport, and involves new curbing, sidewalks, street lighting and trees, as well as milling and repaving of the road surface. Five different grants have been secured to fund this project that began nearly five years ago.
A recent $15,000 grant, secured by the committee through the Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage
organization via PA Wilds, will be utilized to first complete a marketing study by T & B Planning group, as well as a facade pilot program. Earmarked for the fourteen businesses open on Main Street, this initially involves a request for businesses to come a presentation with an architect, who will discuss the importance of maintaining their business close to its historical period and style. This part of the grant will be utilized to give an amount of dollars to assist with the façade work. The Streetscape Committee has been attempting to work with Coalport Borough Council to come up with ordinances to sustain the historical appearance of the downtown area when/if any new buildings or renovation occurs along Main Street.
Rita Hahn, coordinator of the GIDA Revolving Grant program, informed the group that the latest recipient of the these funds, Don and Sylvia Dixon (doing business as ‘Glendale Valley Winery) has been approved by USDA for the funding to begin their winery business in Flinton.
The annual dinner meeting of the Glendale Industrial Development Association board will be
held at “Jethro’s” restaurant in Altoona on December 13, 2011, beginning at 6:15 PM.