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Quakertown to vote on grant to research parking alternatives

By Mark Reccek, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:04:43 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2014 10:12:12 AM CDT
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QUAKERTOWN, Pa. -

The Borough of Quakertown hopes a grant will aid in researching parking alternatives in the downtown area.

Council Monday evening decided to vote on applying for a Transportation and Community Development Initiative grant at the July 2 meeting.

The grant, available through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, totals $100,000. The grant requires the borough to provide $25,000.

Borough Economic Development Consultant, Edward Scholl, said the grant will allow the borough to draw up a plan that will target revitalization efforts in the downtown area.

"As it [revitalization] spreads from block to block to block, I think we need to have a plan for the next year," he said.

Specifically, the money will provide for signage for parking and the configuration of current parking areas.

Scholl said the grant will benefit the borough as it begins work on the triangle development at Third and Broad streets and the revitalization of the amphitheater at Fourth Street.

"I think we're an attractive choice for them [Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission] because of what's going on downtown," Scholl said.

At the July meeting, council will also vote on providing $40,000 to aid in the restoration of the Historical Society Barn located on Main Street.

Craig Gillahan, president of the Quakertown Historical Society, said the funding will help to provide HVAC upgrades, two additional glass panels to replace current garage doors, special lighting and two big screen TVs.

"All of this is necessary to preserve the documents and artifacts we want to be preserved," he said.

According to Gillahan, $15,000 has been secured from the Bucks County Tourism Bureau and $5,000 from the Woman's Club of Quakertown. He also said the society is in the process of attempting to secure a loan with QNB Bank.

Council will next meet 7:30 p.m. July 2 in council chambers, 35 N. Third St.