Coatesville officials bank on new sports facility worth $50 million

Nydea Graves is a former council member and the only dissenting vote against the project. Citing his family’s more than 100-year history in Coatesville, Graves said the main motive behind his “no” vote was his desire for Coatesville to become a thriving community “for those already in the community.”

“We deserve to have parks and play centers with us, not like to think about who can come, who we are bringing in, but what really is the community that already exists, and we are able to meet their needs. How can I accomplish that,” she said. ,

Graves said that while she supports the city’s revitalization efforts, she believes the National Sports and Events Center is a “gentrifying project.”

“For me, I think it’s one of the big steps in bringing in more air quotes, ‘more desirable community members,’ and then getting the community members out there – that gave Coatesville its main charm and culture. It is,” said Graves.

She wants the city to focus on rent controls and raising wages so people can continue to live in Coatesville.

Logan said he doesn’t want Coatesville residents to be in a situation where their prices are “out of market.”

“We’re not going to just relax, because we’re going to see some uptick in growth. We have to be very cautious to make sure we have things balanced,” Logan said.

Recently, state legislators have worked to secure additional funding for the contract. On July 19, the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $3.6 million in state grant funds and $5.4 million in loans. The money came through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s business in our Sites program and will go toward site preparation, construction, and administrative costs, among other things.

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In a joint statement announcing the funding, State Sen. Carolyn Comitta and State Representative Dan Williams commended the venture for bringing job opportunities and investment to the city of Coatesville.

“The flats site has been seen to be redeveloped over the years. It is the perfect location to provide an economic boost to the city’s steel heritage that will attract visitors and bring new opportunities to the city’s residents,” said Comitta.

Developers believe that their idea offers more stability than previously proposed projects. IDG Development estimates the National Sports and Events Center will bring more than 300 jobs to Coatesville and more than $20 million in jobs after its third year of operation.

“That’s why we created the NSEC – to set up a project that would be financially supported by the region, but would benefit the community through economic impact and job creation. So that’s exactly what we did. And that’s it. The reason why we think we’re getting all the political support is in large part because of all the residual value that goes along with this type of project,” Wood said.

Right now, developers are focusing on infrastructure design and financing as well as carrying out traffic studies before completing the plan for the project.

“It will really change the region and put Coatesville on the map — on the globe,” Wood said.

IDG Development plans to start construction by the end of 2023. The goal is to cut the ribbon at the National Sports and Events Center by the end of 2024.

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