Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz joined Lansdale Borough officials on Tuesday to unveil the $3.2 million Lansdale Streetscape Project.
Schwartz, who helped to secure $2.36 million in funding for the project, stated that the new sidewalks, lighting, benches, trees and other upgrades that were made through the project will both improve the quality of life for Lansdale residents and foster an environment for further economic development.
“One of my top priorities in congress is to improve neighborhoods in Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the country by making areas greener, safer and more livable,” said Schwartz. “The Streetscape project is contributing to a downtown renaissance in Lansdale that is visible, tangible and exciting."
For Lansdale Borough Council President Matt West, the completion of the project signals a new era for Lansdale – especially the downtown area.
“This project emphasized how important of a role our core downtown area plays, serving as a springboard for borough-wide transformation,” said West. “A refreshed and updated look to our downtown signals to residents and visitors alike that Lansdale is open for business.”
Borough Manager Timi Kirchner thanked Schwartz for her help in securing funding, saying “multi-million dollar grants do not come around every day, and the Borough of Lansdale is grateful to Congresswoman Schwartz for recognizing the potential in Lansdale."As for the future of the borough, Jake Ziegler, director of utilities, stated that the project has lead to "multiple new residential and commercial endeavors" which will help revitalize the town and continue the borough's quest to maximize walkability.
“Lansdale truly is a classic town, both evidenced by its designation by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and our own image as a borough on the move,” said Ziegler.