Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development awarded three Keystone Communities grants totaling $583,570 to Clearfield Borough, Clearfield County to make downtown improvements to drive visitors and new development to the Main Street District.
"Strong public-private partnerships help develop vibrant and sustainable communities," said Corbett. "Today is a great example of what can be accomplished when we all work together to improve our local communities."
The Keystone Communities program will provide funding for a $30,000 façade grant and two public improvement grants in the amounts of $49,683 and $458,887.
The façade grant will focus on façade improvements to the Main Street District as well as streetscape projects in the Borough. The streetscape project being undertaken by the Borough, Clearfield Revitalization Corporation (CRC) and PennDOT will commence in August 2014. Improvements will also include ADA curb cuts, new curbs and sidewalks, pedestrian lighting, greenway buffers, trees and street signs.
The two public improvement grants will focus on redevelopment efforts in the five village blocks along Second and Front Streets and two blocks along East Main Street. Funding will be used for the purchase of park benches, bike racks, planters and trashcans which will complement the previously installed streetlights as well as the finished streetscapes along Front, Second and East Markets streets.
"The Clearfield Borough would like to express its sincere appreciation to Governor Corbett and to the Department of Community and Economic Development for their support of our Main Street Program and of our community development initiatives," said Leslie Stott, Borough Operations Manager. "Our public-private partnership with the Commonwealth and the Clearfield Revitalization Corporation has led to significant improvements throughout the Borough and will continue to provide benefits for the community as a whole."
"I am very pleased that these grants will help provide Clearfield Borough with needed resources to make important improvements to downtown and the Main Street District," said Senator Joe Scarnati. "Clearfield Borough and the Clearfield Revitalization Corporation have done an outstanding job working to enhance the community and I commend them for their hard work. The funding awarded today will not only help to fulfill current needs of the community, but will also make an important investment in the future strength of our region."
"I'd like to congratulate the borough of Clearfield and the Clearfield Revitalization Corporation on being awarded these matching grants, which will serve as investments in the community," said Representative Tommy Sankey. "Previous grant money has ignited a renewed interest in the downtown area through private investment and this latest round of awards will hopefully do the same. It will be put to good use in vehicles such as the Façade Improvement and Main Street programs that not only make downtown Clearfield more appealing aesthetically but also more functional through simple improvements such as sidewalk repair and the addition of park benches and adequate lighting."
The Borough has partnered with the Clearfield Revitalization Corporation to implement the Main Street Program in downtown Clearfield. Their combined mission is to promote the historic preservation, protection, and use of the traditional downtown area of Clearfield and surrounding neighborhoods; helping to eliminate the deterioration, working to enhance the quality of life and working with other entities who share a similar purpose.
The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist communities in achieving revitalization. The program supports physical improvements to both designated and other communities that are undertaking revitalization to restore deteriorated downtowns, residential neighborhoods and industrial/manufacturing sites.
For more information about the Keystone Communities program and other community development initiatives visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.