COUDERSPORT — The state Department of Community and Economic Development awarded a $25,000 Keystone Communities grant Friday to the Potter County Redevelopment Authority.

The Redevelopment Authority applied for the grant on behalf of Coudersport Borough, said Joe Pagano, director of redevelopment in Potter County.

He said the grant will not be used for a “brick and mortar” project, but instead, “It’s to do a study of the downtown improvements that are being anticipated along with the PennDOT reconstruction.”

The goal of the study, Pagano explained, would be to determine “what the community really wants to see as far improvements to the sidewalks, building facades, lighting and greenways.”

It will be several months until the study will be completed.

According to a press release from Gov. Tom Corbett’s office, “The Keystone Communities program will provide funding for concept plans for facade and enhanced streetscape improvements to accompany PennDOT’s scheduled repaving in the Main Street corridor of Coudersport, Potter County.”

The press released indicated the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation would begin paving in the spring of 2015.

In addition to planning “streetscape amenities,” Coudersport officials also plan “to implement a facade improvement program for the property owners in the affected area when the paving and streetscape improvements are completed.”

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