The city of Coatesville is about to get a makeover. More than 50 city residents gathered to hear a presentation on the construction of a new trail in the city. The Brandywine Creek and Nature Trail would run along the west branch of the Brandywine. Damalier Molina from Buchart Horn Inc. presented the conceptual plan to council.The city contracted Horn for the design services.
"The scope of work extends from E. Lincoln Highway to Glencrest Road," said Molina. According to Molina the project will cost $1.2 million to complete.
"One million comes from a county grant and the other $250,000 comes from the state," commented Molina.
The project is slated for completion in fall 2008. The plan presented consisted of the creation of a trail that promoted the public involvement while helping preserve the environment.
"We have over 2,300 sq. ft. of walkway," said Molina. "We want to create a safe environment with opportunities for the public to walk, stroll, skate and enjoy water play." The plans called for interactive water features and even a steel sculpture depicting the historical significance of the site. The plan also included constructing framed viewpoints along the path and self guided nature trails.
"We want to make the trail a place for social gatherings, with plenty of benches and handicap accessible," said Molina.
Regarding safety concerns, the company plans to create a lighted river walk for added security. It also wants to keep existing specimen trees and healthy native vegetation. Concerned citizens questioned the company's ability to provide enough parking for the trail.
"We have 13 parking spaces with plans to add additional parking along Lincoln Highway," said Molina.
Council person, Patsy Ray questioned the company's ability to preserve the area. Citizens wanted to make sure the site will be maintained and kept clean. According to Molina the facility will be maintained by the city of Coatesville. Council unanimously approved for Buchart Horn Inc. to move forward with the development of the Brandywine Creek Trail.
Another area of concern in the city of Coatesville is the flats, a stretch of land along Route 82 and Route 30. Florida Power and Light Company, which is one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related services, proposed to build a power plant on the site and addressed council with its vision for the land. Contractor Michael Bowring, who works for the company, presented the benefits the city would reap from choosing Florida Power and Light Company to build with.
"Building on this site would provide local construction jobs, strengthen local tax base without requiring infrastructure upgrades, host agreements, the purchase of local goods and services and most importantly clean electricity for the region," said Bowring.
The company constructed another power plant in Marcus Hook, which has been in operation for the past three years. If the project is approved it will take 36 months to complete and cost a half billion dollars for this size project in the Northeast, according to Bowring.
"We want to make sure the public feels the same way council does about this project and ensure citizens safety," said Ray.
Bowring made reference to the fact that the environmental impacts will be minor and the company will get its water from the city and discharge will go back to the city.