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Montgomery County Awards Montco 2040 Implementation Grants
2021-05-26

            The Montgomery County Commissioners announced on Friday that 23 projects in the county will receive Montco 2040 Implementation Grants in the 2021 cycle of the program. The new grants continue an exciting program aimed at implementing the county comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision. The program's intent is to assist municipalities in making targeted physical improvements that achieve real progress toward the goals of the plan and the plan's themes of Connected Communities, Sustainable Places, and Vibrant Economy. 

            The grant awards account for more than $2,500,000 across these 23 municipalities. The county received a total of 31 applications from municipalities, totaling just over $4 million in requests. Projects were evaluated in terms of impact, county and local planning consistency, project readiness, and funding attributes by a committee consisting of Montgomery County Planning Commission Board members and interdepartmental county staff.

            Projects were also given heightened consideration when addressing one of three focus categories for 2021: Walk/Bike Montco – Trails, Paths, Sidewalk Connections and Bike Facilities; Downtown and Community Destination Support; and Adaptation and Resiliency. For the first time, municipalities were asked about how their projects addressed local equity concerns, whether it was the project being proposed or the process the municipality intends to take (or has already taken) when planning for or implementing the project.

            "When we started the Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program, I was excited to see what kind of projects would come out of the program and how municipalities would take up the county's offer to help implement the comprehensive plan at the local level. Now at year six, we have seen a number of fantastic projects funded through this initiative. These projects range from improvements in walkability with sidewalk installation projects in Lower Frederick and Lower Moreland, a major bike infrastructure project in Pottstown, to open space preservation in Upper Salford," said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

            Since the initiation of the Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program in 2016, 95 grants totaling over $10.2 million have been awarded to benefit 46 municipalities in the county.

            Project receiving grants in the Town and Country readership area include:

            East Greenville – Bieler Park Upgrade, Grant Award: $102,991.  East Greenville is reconstructing Bieler Park, an existing borough-owned park that gets a lot of use from the young families who live in this densely populated neighborhood. Approved DCNR grant funds will cover the cost of new playground equipment, alongside county funding for a new pavilion, new walking path, additional trees, and stormwater management facilities.  

            Green Lane – Route 29 Pedestrian Improvements, Grant Award: $199,375.  Green Lane will install new pedestrian improvements along Gravel Pike to provide better access to the downtown area and the nearby Perkiomen Trail. Improvements include curb and sidewalk, ADA ramps, a crosswalk at Walnut Street, minor drainage improvements, and a retaining wall. This area receives a lot of fast-moving vehicle traffic, and this project dovetails nicely with the borough's recent planning efforts. 

            Lower Salford – Alderfer Road and Park Avenue Basins Project, Grant Award: $112,918.  Lower Salford will retrofit two stormwater facilities to provide water quality benefits by reducing sediment and nutrient loads to the adjacent stream. The area will be planted with native meadow grasses, flowers, and plants to create a natural landscape and provide for evapotranspiration and infiltration. Educational signage that details the improvement's positive effect on the local ecosystem also will be included.

            Marlborough – Marlborough Access Area on the Perkiomen Creek Water Trail

Grant Award: $60,000.  Marlborough has partnered with the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy to construct an access area and boat ramp on the Perkiomen Creek. The project will include a parking area, turnaround, boat launch, and a stormwater basin planted with native species. This project will provide access to the Perkiomen Creek Water Trail and tie it to the land-based Perkiomen Trail.

            Upper Salford – Park to Perkiomen Trail Connector (Phase 2), Grant Award: $150,000

The "Upper Salford Park to Perkiomen Trail Connector" is a new 1.1-mile trail connection that will link the flagship park with Spring Mountain Adventures recreation area and the Perkiomen Trail. Work funded by this grant will include ADA-compatible trail construction, a PennDOT road crossing, trail signage, and stormwater management features. This is a significant connection and will link many local and county assets.


 

 

 

 

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