Boyertown Borough council and Building a Better Boyertown board members are seeking public input about a proposed Elm Street project for Boyertown.Elm Street, funded by a state grant, is a five-year community improvement program. The goal of an Elm Street project is to revitalize neighborhoods surrounding business districts.

The BBB and the borough are currently in the fourth year of the five-year Main Street project, which is improving and revitalizing the business district of Boyertown.

Using grant funds through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, part of the state Department of Economic Development, BBB and Boyertown Borough have provided grants to several businesses in the Main Street district to help improve their buildings.

Rehabilitation projects include painting and the addition of new signs, windows, railings and steps. These efforts have provided a facelift to the business district of several blocks around the intersection of Philadelphia and Reading avenues.

Elm Street would be a continuation of these improvements into adjacent residential, business and recreation areas within the one-half mile area of the Main Street area.

"The public's participation and input is critical to this project," said Kevin Rhude, who is chairing BBB's Elm Street committee.

The proposed Elm Street plan, according to state guidelines, should reflect what the community wants for their neighborhoods.

"We will be holding a series of public informational meetings," said Charles Haddad, BBB president. "We'll explain the Elm Street concept and ask residents for their ideas."

The first public meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company, 10 Warwick Street, Boyertown. Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Please see next week's Boyertown Area Times for further details about the proposed Elm Street project.

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