Why we all should care about the revitalization of Coatesville

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — It was a good a day as the city has seen in recent memory — finally, a real, honest to goodness revitalization project is underway, with the start of demolition for Coatesville Gateway. But if you live in fashionable Unionville or Kennett or elsewhere in Chester County, you may shrug and say “why do I care?” You should care for the simple reason...

Dinniman, Lewis hail additional state funds for Coatesville revitalization

State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) and State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) announced Thursday that a $3.2 million construction loan, as well as $2.1 million in additional state grant funding, was approved for the Coatesville Gateway Redevelopment Project.   The Commonwealth Finance Authority approved the funding today through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Business...

Coatesville Army & Navy owner to retire

After more than 90 years of family ownership, store hopes to find new owner Judy Skolnik, owner of the Coatesville Army & Navy store, announced plans this week to retire from the store she and her family have operated for more than 90 years. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — By their nature, all endings are new beginnings. And so Judy Skolnik is confident that whomever takes over...

Lewis to host revitalization panel

State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) COATESVILLE — To provide community members with an update on Coatesville revitalization efforts, Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester) will be hosting a Coatesville City Chat with a panel of local officials. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Coatesville Area Senior Center, 250 Harmony St., Coatesville. “For many years, we have appreciated...

Downingtown showcases growth, economic development & vitality

Progress, prosperity & quality of life remain key focus By Kim Chiomento, News Editor, The Times Downingtown Mayor, Josh Maxwell, discusses revitalization initiatives with meeting attendees DOWNINGTOWN – Chester County business and political leaders, non-profit organizations and interested community members packed Victory Brewing Company Friday morning to learn more about major economic development...

City to use trust-fund money to attract businesses

Council hopes to draw people from  area to downtown Coatesville By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times COATESVILLE – City Council approved the use of trust-fund money to improve the downtown area at Monday night’s meeting. With $7.5 million available, the first plan of action is to set up a fund to help business owners repaint buildings in order to adhere with the city’s new color palette...

Economic developer talks Coatesville housing issues

Cassidy, who played big role in Phoenixville, offers solutions to revitalize Coatesville By Jamie Richard, Staff Writer, CoatesvilleTimes.com A local consultant is suggesting that Coatesville offer a grant program for homeowners, such as these just off 11th Street, that could offer up to $5,000 for home improvements and an overall boost in local property values. COATESVILLE – Community and economic...