Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A public information meeting about the proposed new mixed-income apartment complex brought a mixed reaction from some residents.
According to The Times Herald, a public meeting scheduled to provide information about a new mixed-income apartment complex proposed by Philadelphia-based developer Pennrose Properties brought out residents both supportive and opposed to the planned development at DeKalb and Airy streets in Norristown. While council members and supporters view the project – which would feature subsidized rents for some of the 96 units and lofts meant to be used for both living and studio space – as a means to lure artists and other creative types to Norristown's budding Arts Hill area, some residents questioned how effective the project would be at attracting artists and whether or not even the subsidized rents would be affordable enough for the target …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Norristown two grants totaling $400,000 in 2012 to clean up and revitalize brownfield sites in the community.
Norristown was once a thriving industrial hub and though that industry has primarily moved on, some unpleasant remnants of it remain in the form of brownfields – former industrial or commercial sites that are environmentally contaminated. Last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Norristown $400,000 in grants to help with the assessment and cleanup effort for sites potentially contaminated with petroleum and other hazardous materials. Norristown has reportedly compiled a list of several sites (like the old Nicolet building in the 600 block of East Washington Street) and is working to determine where best to start with redevelopment efforts. "We have cataloged most of the locations and will determine which are most …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund is offering grants to local nonprofits working in emergency services, domestic violence, homelessness, hunger relief, senior and youth services.
According to a release issued by Limerick-based John Middleton Company, a subsidiary of the Altria Companies, the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) has launched the 2013 grant cycle. Applications from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations operating in Pennsylvania and our other states are being accepted through Feb. 19. Grant awardees will be selected based on their local impact and programming in one of the ACECF’s targeted focus areas – emergency services, domestic violence, homelessness, hunger relief, senior services, and youth services. Awardees will be announced in August. According to Altria, 120 nonprofits received more than $2.4 million in grants to support their mission and fulfill community needs last year. …
Friday, March 30, 2012
The group recently awarded nearly $70,000 in grants to non-profit organizations throughout the area.
Genuardi’s recently announced that the Genuardi’s Employees Foundation awarded $69,260 in grants to 26 non-profit organizations, several of which are located in Norristown. Local organizations receiving funds from the group include the Elmwood Park Zoo ($5,000), Hedwig House ($2,500), the Literacy Council of Norristown ($2,000) and the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library ($5,000). “Since 2008 the Genuardi’s Employees Foundation has donated $12,000 in support of the Computer Lab," said Andie Philo, Electronic Resources Librarian for Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, in a release posted on The Times Herald's website. "These funds have been vital in helping us to add, maintain, and upgrade critical technology to keep pace …
Friday, February 3, 2012
State representative hopes to provide $30 million in grants for struggling schools.
According to NewsWorks.org, new legislation proposed by state representative Eugene DePasquale (D-95th Dist.) would provide $30 million in grants for Pennsylvania's neediest schools. A total of 18 school districts, including Norristown, could benefit from the proposed Priority Assistance Grant for Education (PAGE) that DePasquale says could be funded from proposed Marcellus Shale impact fees. "We need that revenue stream," DePasquale told NewsWorks. "I mean, if not, you're going to be looking at cuts in other programs." School districts receiving funds through PAGE would be required to use the money for reducing class sizes, tutoring services, creating full-day kindergarten programs, parental-involvement programs and related services.
Monday, October 31, 2011
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Board voted to approve funding for several projects including a study to improve access to the Norristown Transportation Center.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Board met on Thursday to duscuss and award improvement grants for regional trail projects as well as several other so-called “early action” projects according to Plan Philly. Among the grants approved by the board was a $104,000 for an intermodal study of the Norristown Transportation Center to improve access to the station. The project is being funded by the Federal Transit Administration. Read more about this and other DVRPC projects here.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
The Montgomery County Commissioners approved a resolution that will bring money to the municipality.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution on Thursday, June 7, that will bring over $1.2 million to Norristown. The grants come as part of a county-wide community revitalization program that will provide seven municipalities with roughly $2.1 million for enhancement of public facilities. According to the resolution, Norristown will receive $200,000 to rehab the old Bell Telephone building into an arts venue, $231,000 for the DeKalb Street portion of the Arts Hill streetscape, $270,000 for the Elmwood Park Zoo parking lot expansion and $500,000 for the Studio Centre streetscape. Montgomery County Planning Section Chief Brian O’Leary said that each town in the program submits its own plan to the county for municipal …