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Gov. Corbett Announces Keystone Communities Grant to Support Souderton Train Station Restoration

April 30, 2014



HARRISBURG, Pa., April 30 -- Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa., issued the following news release:

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the Borough of Souderton a $200,000 Keystone Communities grant to support the restoration of the historic Souderton Train Station.

"Our local communities are the cornerstones of job creation and economic progress and I am committed to developing partnerships to restore downtowns and attract new businesses," said Corbett. "The train station is in the heart of Souderton and renovating it will preserve its history while creating new economic opportunities in the future."

The Souderton Train Station project places focus on the preservation of the historical aspects of the location while encouraging and attracting viable commercial tenants to occupy the buildings, expanding overall parking potentials and enhancing the overall streetscape of the property to further encourage and attract investor interest in other surrounding commercial properties.

"As a lifetime Souderton area resident, I remember the train station as the life blood of our community," said State Representative Robert Godshall (R-53). "Nothing pleases me more than to see a renovation and at the same time revitalization of this vital community asset. The state grant of $200,000 will go a long way in furthering the Borough's restoration efforts and bringing an historic site back to life."

The Keystone Communities grant will provide public improvement funding to support renovations at the Souderton Train Station and reinvestment in the architecture of its historic buildings.

"The Keystone Communities Grant in the amount of $200,000 is of vital importance for the Borough of Souderton to design and implement the rehabilitation of the Souderton Train Station and restore a former freight building and wait station to their historical splendor," said Michael Coll, Borough Manager. "This project will restore commercial viability to these buildings, attract further redevelopment and support of the Borough's downtown business district, and provide significant increased parking opportunities to the Borough's core business district. This has been a priority revitalization of Souderton Borough for the past decade and with the funding assistance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this project will finally be implemented."

The Borough of Souderton has entered into a lease agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania transportation Authority for the Souderton Train Station, Wait Building, Freight Building and the adjoining parking lots. The Borough intends to restore all three to their original historic appearance.

The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist commonwealth communities in achieving redevelopment. The program supports physical improvements to both designated and other communities that are undertaking revitalization to restore deteriorated downtowns, residential neighborhoods and industrial/manufacturing sites.

For more information about the Keystone Communities program and other community development initiatives, visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.

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