Kennett Square officials see much promise in a revitalization plan that would expand the Kennett Area YMCA and Bayard Taylor Memorial Library, and bring needed improvements to the nearby Anson B. Nixon Park.
"This plan will keep the library in town, that's very important," said Brant Kucera, borough manager. "We want to keep them here if we can."
Library officials are currently looking at options which include renovating the existing building, or constructing a new library in a different municipality. Currently, it is very challenging for library patrons to access the library on East State Street because of parking limitations.
The revitalization plan would make it easy for people to walk to the park, the library or the YMCA, without walking down or up hills.
"If this happens, a significant number of businesses will open in downtown," Kucera said. "This is building for the future."
Kucera said that if the plan plays out as outlined to council last week, the borough will not need to expand police services, but the downtown will see much more activity, and the borough will realize more payroll taxes.
"This (project) is very positive," Kucera said. " Kennett Square is recognized as a progressive borough, and this adds to that. We will have a regional library, a regional YMCA and a regional park, all close to each other."
Councilor John Thomas echoed Kucera's comments.
"This project has a lot of possibilities," he said. "I think it's worth venturing into. Basically, it may not cost the borough anything. It will take a lot of hard work, but I think it can be done, but it will dramatically improve this community."