In conjunction with the CPCIP, the Delaware County Planning Department applied for a Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) grant to fund a proposed Corridor Master Plan. The grant award, through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development, has been approved.
Now that the funding has been secured, the Delaware County Planning Department is preparing a multi-municipal Corridor Master Plan for the Boroughs of Sharon Hill, Glenolden, Norwood, Prospect Park and Ridley Park dedicated to the revitalization of the Chester Pike Corridor. The plan will identify a corridor-wide vision, goals and objectives, and as well as the unique character of each borough's segment. The plan will inventory, map and analyze the physical condition, capacity, levels of service, safety and other transportation network metrics of the corridor, as well as identify and delineate needed improvement projects.
Additionally, the plan will inventory, map and analyze land use, zoning, building stock conditions and demographic and economic indicators, plus make recommendations for revitalization. The plan will provide a prioritized project implementation schedule with recommended funding sources.
The CPCIP received a $50,000 Keystone Communities Program Legislative Initiatives grant in December 2021 from Senator Tim Kearney to help fund the streetscaping project. The grant is administered through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development. Additionally, the CPCIP received a $2,400 grant in December 2021 from The Community's Foundation to fund three welcome signs / flower boxes and a $20,000 grant in January 2022 from Aqua, an Essential Utilities Company, for the streetscaping project. Thank you Senator Kearney, The Community's Foundation, and Aqua for your support!
Pending additional funding, the proposed streetscaping improvements include the installation of street name signs and decorative posts, pedestrian benches and ADA resting stops at key locations including bus stops, open space area and senior housing, trash receptacles and landscaping along the Chester Pike Corridor for the Boroughs of Sharon Hill, Glenolden, Norwood, Prospect Park and Ridley Park.
In addition to enhancing the communities' aesthetics, streetscaping provides traffic calming, improved pedestrian safety, circulation and comfort, plus will stimulate economic development. Economic development is especially important at this time, given the direct financial impact COVID-19 has had on the boroughs' budgets.