SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Urban landscape artist Teresa Haag, whose outside artwork in Phoenixville has won public and critical acclaim for bringing even more colorful life to the thriving downtown of that borough, soon will have an opportunity to work the same kind of magic in a Schwenksville mural project.
Schwenksville’s long awaited and much discussed mural, which has been recommended in three municipal planning documents dating back to 2010, on Thursday (July 21, 2016) won an $18,300 grant from Montgomery County commissioners. The money will be used to work with Haag, local officials, and volunteers in creating a full-size mural on the north wall of the Sabo apartment building, 350 Main St.
The money is part of a second round of funding, valued at more than $358,000, given to help local governments make “targeted physical improvements” that connect their communities, emphasize sustainability, and boost their economies. Four other projects – in Conshohocken and Narberth boroughs, and Lower Pottsgrove and Towamencin townships – also won grants, a county press release said.
The county budgeted $1 million to be distributed this year for implementation of its new comprehensive plan, “Montco 2040: A Shared Vision.” Of that amount, $964,740 has already been spent. The remaining cash, and possibly more, will be offered in a third grant round expected sometime during early 2017, the release added.
The location for Haag’s public piece in Schwenksville “will be highly visible from both Main Street and the Perkiomen Trail, and have a significant impact on the Main Street street scape,” county planners observed. The mural project has been a goal mentioned in forward-looking borough documents during the past six years: The 2010 Schwenksville Revitalization Plan, its Main Street Streetscaping Plan, and the Central Perkiomen Regional Comprehensive Plan Update.
- A town hall meeting, in part to discuss “public engagement activities regarding revitalization efforts” in Schwenksville, has been called by Borough Council for next Wednesday (July 27) beginning at 7 p.m. in the Perkiomen Valley Library, 290 Second St. The mural project is likely to be among the topics of that session. The council is encouraging public attendance.
A committee consisting of county Planning Commission board members and staff employees is meeting monthly to evaluate the rest of 19 applications that sought grant funding totaling more $2 million in requests.
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