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Lehigh County Awards Grant to Borough of Catasauqua

Borough to receive funds to develop comprehensive downtown master plan

CATASAUQUA:  Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham today announced another in a series of grant awards under Lehigh County’s newly-created Main Street Initiatives Fund.

“We created these funds to help pay for needed improvements and to develop ways to save through regional cooperation,” said Cunningham.  “Lehigh County wants to support our municipalities in their efforts to improve.”

The Borough of Catasauqua received a $24,000 grant from Lehigh County’s Main Street Initiatives Fund.  The funds will be used to develop a comprehensive downtown master plan.  The borough envisions a plan that will become a “living document” that will evolve over time as the borough moves forward in the revitalization process. 

“This planning grant will allow the Borough to analyze the physical needs and requirements to maintain and enhance our downtown, and develop a physical design for our downtown.  It is the next step in the revitalization of our business district and the economic health of the Borough.  The plan will provide the background for future implementation funding requests under the Transportation Enhancement Act Hometown Streets Program,” said Eugene L. Goldfeder, Catasauqua Borough Manager.  “We are grateful to receive this assistance from the County and are excited to begin the planning process. We are pleased that this type of intergovernmental cooperation and support exists in Lehigh County

The Regional Partnerships and Main Street Initiatives Funds were proposed by Cunningham last year and adopted by the Board of Commissioners to supplement municipalities’ community and economic development activities.   In the next few weeks, Lehigh County will announce $106,500 in community and economic development grants to municipalities.

The deadline for municipal applications for the next round of funding is May 31, and information for all of Lehigh County’s grants can be found on Lehigh County’s website at www.lehighcounty.org .

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