SEPTA trains to return to Coatesville; Commissioners pledge $1M

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Michelle Kichline (front row left and second left) and Kathi Cozzone (second from right) present a check for $1 million to Coatesville City Council and city staff to kick-start a train station parking garage. The presentation was made as SEPTA announced its plan to return regional rail service to the city. Also pictured, is State Representative Dan...

Phoenixville get $1.5M state grant for community center

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf approved a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for a new Phoenixville Community Center.  This is one of three projects approved in Chester County under the RACP Program. The new proposed community center will be approximately 34,000 square feet of multi-use space to house the Parks and Recreation Department,...

Dinniman lauds start of Sonoco site redevelopment

Neal Fisher, Vice President of Development for the Hankin Group; Senator Dinniman; Mike Malloy, General Counsel for the Hankin Group; and Don Vymazal, Senator Dinniman’s Government Relations Director; tour the site of the former Sonoco Paper Mill in Downingtown. DOWNINGTOWN — State Senator Andy Dinniman recently joined officials from the Hankin Group to tour the site of the former Sonoco paper...

Wolf visits Coatesville redevelopment projects

Gov. Tom Wolf, pictured with James DePetris, CEO of DEPG Associates (left) and City Council member Ed Simpson (right), greeted residents at Fuel City Cafe as he visited Coatesville Friday to tour the revitalization project that is now underway in the city. By Lauren Parker, News Editor, The Times  COATESVILLE – Gov. Tom Wolf paid a surprise visit to the city Friday afternoon to observe the...

Coatesville redevelopment kicks off — for real

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times DEPG CEO Jim DePetris and a bevy of state, county and local officials celebrate a ceremonial start to demolition for the Coatesville Gateway project, Tuesday. COATESVILLE — For nearly a generation, plans to begin to revitalize the city have appeared on the horizon, only to disappear like a distant mirage, leaving city residents thirsty, time and again, for real...

Redevelopment in Coatesville for real this time

Announcements this week signal best opportunity in a generation By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — Finally, for once in a city plagued by misfires, the rhetoric and reality appear to be merging. This week’s announcement that real redevelopment is planned at the corner of First Avenue and Lincoln Highway — 40 to 60 apartments along with retail space — is the first tangible proof...

Hope for revitalization may finally bear fruit

Community Benefit Agreements could be a win-win for developers, Coatesville By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — For nearly two decades, revitalization has been the ongoing refrain in the city. With a handful of notable exceptions, it is the failure of that effort — especially as similar efforts in West Chester, Phoenixville and Kennett Square have taken root — that has left some...