Bristol Borough is once again on the receiving end of a big chunk of state money. $50,000 will go toward a facade improvement program to benefit at least ten stores and buildings.
This is the borough’s third round of funding, with the other two as recent as 2013 and 2017. It comes from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
“Supporting initiatives that encourage revitalization and business development in our communities is critically important to the economic prosperity of Pennsylvania,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”
The Bucks County Redevelopment Authority will delegate the funds. BCRDA Executive Director Jeff Darwak says the grant comes at no cost to the borough. Property owners and businesses must match 50% of the funding.
Darwak listed the benefits of these grants in a statement to WBCB:
- Stimulate private investment in the preservation of historic downtown architecture, and to foster image-making improvements.
- Reduce or eliminate vacancies in the core of downtown Bristol Borough, and promote the adaptive reuse of commercial buildings.
- Assist with the preservation of historic commercial buildings and assure such buildings are rehabilitated in an appropriate manner.
Commercial properties on both sides of Mill and Market Streets are eligible to apply for the state money. Also included are the first five blocks of Pond Street and certain sections of Radcliffe, Wood, Cedar, Bath, and Otter Streets.
Governor Tom Wolf announced the funding shortly before the new year. It is part of a $5.5 million package for 42 community revitalization projects throughout Pennsylvania.
“These projects will better the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians through infrastructure, beautification, and quality of life improvements in cities and towns across Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf.