Middle Smithfield Township is looking for capable residents to become members of the newly formed “Ad Hoc Revitalize 209 Grant Committee”.
Per the ad hoc “Revitalize 209 Committee” resolution, up to two members each of the township’s Planning Commission, Economic Development Committee and Historical Committee may be selected, and up to 4 members of the public may be selected. The Committee will administer the grant and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, starting this spring.
On March 23rd, Middle Smithfield Township established its own matching grant program to foster $750,000 of property improvements along its six-mile stretch of Milford Road, aka Route 209.
The grant will fund projects that are visible from 209 to improve building facades, curb appeal, and safety; project size is up to $20,000 in cost, with the Revitalize 209 grant and the applicants each providing $10,000 to fund the project. (more details can be found on the township’s website). The township’s portion of the total funds ($375,000) was made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act.
This latest Economic Development effort was presented by James Brechbiel, Economic Development Manager, at the Township’s “Preview of 2023” presentation to the public in February “We anticipate stimulating economic development in our township with this grant program.” he said.
If anyone is interested in becoming a member of this committee, please email a letter of interest to James Brechbiel at email@example.com. He can be reached at 570-223-8920, x130
“We look forward to seeing these improvements blossom and grow along our Mainstreet; as projects are proposed and implemented, the effort will pick up momentum. Each upgrade will add to our pride in the community”, said Annette Atkinson, Township Supervisor.
For more details, please see the Resolutions on the Township website here and here.