HARRISBURG – A three-block stretch of Forest City’s Main Street will benefit from a $46,330 Keystone Communities program grant issued through the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development.
The funding will pay for 13 street lights that will be installed along the west side of the 400, 500 and 600 blocks of Main Street. They will add to the numerous improvements recently made to the downtown corridor. In addition to new sidewalks, that include brick pavers, the Susquehanna County borough also has newly erected visitor information maps and signs.
Forest City Borough Council President William D. Orasin thanked Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Jonathan Fritz for advocating for the grant and said “the addition of street lighting will make our downtown a more inviting and attractive place.”
“The ultimate goal of our project is to breathe new life into our Main Street in order to attract businesses and families into our town. We also expect that our investments into the downtown will instill a sense of pride in property owners and businesses adjacent to the project – motivating them to initiate projects of their own to improve their properties and facades,” Orasin said.
Baker, R-20th, said the project benefits the borough “by improving both public safety and economic development.”
“Our Main Streets are the lifeblood of our small boroughs and this worthwhile investment will hopefully help Forest City continue to attract visitors to its downtown,” Baker said.
Fritz, R-111th, noted that “Small town Main Streets such as Forest City’s are a wonderful snapshot of Americana. We are pleased that funds were able to be realized to help restore and enhance growth opportunities for local businesses.”
Andrew M. Seder
District Communications/Constituent Services for Pike and Wayne Counties
Office of Senator Lisa Baker
2512 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428