The Coatesville Growing Greater project funded by The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation continues...
The Coatesville Growing Greater project funded by The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation continues...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the purpose of this project?

The purpose of this project is to undertake a neighborhood-driven planning process to create a comprehensive and market-driven revitalization and engagement plan. A key objective is to determine the needs, desires and dreams of the neighborhood residents in terms of their social (safety, education, employment, health, etc.) and physical environment (housing, public spaces, commercial activity, etc.). In turn, a plan will be developed to mitigate the negative and build on the positive.

 

How is this project being funded?

This project is made possible by a grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. The Foundation provides Neighborhood Planning Grants to 501(c)(3) organizations within communities to make these efforts possible.  In the fall of 2015, Chester County Economic Development Foundation (CCEDF) and the Coatesville Area Partners for Progress (CAPP) submitted a collaborative proposal for a Neighborhood Planning Grant. The grant was awarded in the spring of 2016. The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation has specific guidelines for grantees to follow when developing their neighborhood plans. These guidelines are included in the responses to many of the questions below.

 

What aspects of the community will this project focus on?

The neighborhood planning process and the resulting neighborhood strategic plan will focus on:

  • Children and families
  • Economic development
  • Affordable housing
  • Neighborhood building

 

What are the boundaries of this Plan? How were the boundaries determined?

The map shows the boundaries of the planning area. The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation recommends that neighborhood planning areas are compact to facilitate tracking of progress and outcomes after the plan starts being implemented. The planning area for this study was determined in consultation with the Foundation. While the planning area does not include all of Coatesville, all residents of the entire neighborhood are welcome to participate in the planning process. We fully expect that many of the discussions will focus on issues that affect the entire neighborhood.

 

 

 

What is the timeframe for the plan, and what will be in the plan itself?

The plan will include a 10-year vision for the future of the neighborhood and implementation goals for the first five years. The plan will identify and prioritize various neighborhood revitalization strategies within each of the categories listed above and also provide cost estimates and a timetable for implementation.

 

Who will be devising the strategies and developing the actual plan document?

Urban Partners, a Philadelphia-based economic development consulting firm, is the lead consultant developing the plan, facilitating the community engagement process, and preparing the final report. Urban Partners’ team also includes KSK Architects/Planners/Historians, V. Lamar Wilson Associates, and Jeremiah White and Associates.

 

Furthermore, a Steering Committee has been formed to guide the consultants throughout the planning process and the development of the plan. The Steering Committee draws from a broad cross-section of the neighborhood, including representatives from local neighborhood/ civic groups, institutions, social service agencies, and residents. The committee will meet at least five times during the project and also have ongoing communications electronically.

 

How will Coatesville residents and other neighborhood stakeholders be engaged in the planning process?

The Steering Committee aims for broad participation from neighborhood residents and other stakeholders in this process and will be assisting in promoting the planning process. Neighborhood residents and other neighborhood stakeholders are invited and encouraged to participate in this process in several ways:

  • This website will be the main online source for information and updates about the project.
  • The hashtag #coatesvillegrowinggreater will be promoted for easy access to social media.
  • A visioning workshop will be held in the fall of 2016. Check the website for location information and more details.
  • A community survey where residents will be asked about their perception of the neighborhood.
  • A neighborhood-wide meeting to present and get input on the draft plan, which will take place early 2017.

 

More details on each of these are available on the project website, along with a list of Steering Committee members and contact information for comments, suggestions, and questions.

 

What is the timeline for completing the Plan? What happens when the Plan is complete?

The projected completion date for the Plan is spring 2017. Having this neighborhood plan complete is a prerequisite to be considered for Neighborhood Implementation Grants from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation that would fund many of the implementation of strategies within the plan.

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