Quakertown is forging ahead with revitalization efforts and economic development within the borough after receiving yet another state grant, this one topping $2 million. The borough was hand-selected for the funding by Gov. Tom Corbett.
In December, an announcement was made by State Rep. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks) about the award of the $2 million. Clymer released a statement applauding the governor’s decision.
This particular grant is funded through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and will be used specifically in the triangle park area of the downtown, officials said.
Re-elected Council President Jim Roberts briefly discussed the need for appointing an ad hoc committee stating, “The committee is appointed for the purpose of studying procedures for the utilization and proper application of the newly awarded Pennsylvania state ‘gateway’ grant as it relates to our downtown triangle project.”
The committee will consist of councilmen Ed Scholl, Doug Propst and Mike Johnson, and Borough Manager Scott McElree with Scholl being appointed to chairman, Roberts said.
Scholl remarked, “This is a very exciting thing, being awarded this money to help with our efforts in the downtown and having it come at the request of the governor. It really means a lot for the borough.”
Currently the triangle project, also referred to as the “Gateway Project” is in the very early stages of planning. However, officials will be discussing options for the triangle park at their next work session meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Reportedly, via a released statement by Clymer, a developer is working on a proposal that could bring a three-story, 30,000-square-foot retail/office building to the downtown; however, no official word has been given by borough officials to date.
In other business, borough officials swore in three newly elected councilmen Dave Erwin, Don Rosenberger, and Dan during the meeting as well as re-elected Council President Jim Roberts and Vice President Don Rosenberger.
Council members also voted unanimously to setting the tax rate on real estate for 2014 at the current 1.625 mills.