Realtors® Support Downtown Chambersburg Planning

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Realtor grant to Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

CHAMBERSBURG >> Downtown Chambersburg Inc. recently received a $15,000 Smart Growth Planning Grant from the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors for its downtown community visioning and downtown master plan update processes.

"We are pleased to support DCI's efforts to revitalize downtown Chambersburg and their efforts to engage the community with the visioning process," said Shelley Heck, CEO of the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors.

The NAR has a grant program for Main Street revitalization programs that utilize Smart Growth planning principles. Encouraging community and stakeholder collaboration is one of the principles that DCI is utilizing, and is one reason why it was awarded the grant.

"A downtown's economic vitality is important to attracting and retaining a workforce and rounding out quality of life offerings for the entire community," said Noel Purdy, president of DCI. "The NAR and Pen-Mar get that. This grant validates that the NAR puts a high value on Main Street programs and Smart Growth planning principles."

DCI began the Downtown Community Visioning process in March, scheduling five public workshops and a series of focus groups to create a vision statement and implementation strategy for downtown Chambersburg. Three public workshops have already taken place, with the next scheduled for Monday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School cafeteria. This workshop will focus on identifying strategies to implement the vision.

The visioning process will inform the next phase, which is the Downtown Master Plan Update.

Fundraising is nearly complete for the visioning and master planning processes, which will cost $50,000.


DCI has raised $47,500 to date. Contributors to date include: Wilson College ($5,000), Volvo Construction Equipment ($5,000), Summit Health ($3,000), TB Woods ($2,000), 21st Century Partnership of Greater Chambersburg ($1,000), Vacon ($1,000), Smith Elliott Kearns & Co ($1,000), Community Development Corporation of Franklin County ($1,000), Bill Nitterhouse Foundation ($1,000), Trinity Episcopal Church ($500), Franklin County Redevelopment Authority ($2,500), Borough of Chambersburg ($8,000) and Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors ($15,000).

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