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Mount Holly Springs group tackles downtown improvement

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A group of Mount Holly Springs volunteers is hoping a downtown improvement project will prove worthy of major grant money that will help improve the business climate, among other goals.

The group began work with a recent downtown "walking audit," said Councilwoman Pam Still. About 35 residents joined Mayor P. Scott Boise and other officials on the tour, which was followed by a workshop.

“We were to name the priorities we thought we needed to address in order to have success," Still said. "So we listed six priorities and we formed the revitalization team to address those priorities. We have borough council’s endorsement, and we’re to work in tandem with them.”

The group hopes sprucing up the downtown will draw customers to borough businesses, Still said.

"It’s very connected as a downtown. The businesses are right there," she said. "We want to just make the town look more attractive, which can encourage businesses."

The plan will get a big boost if the volunteers can get a Tri-County Regional Planning Commission grant.

Based on what Lemoyne spent on its downtown plan, Mt. Holly volunteers requested a $30,000 grant from Tri-County, Still said. They expect to hear a response from Tri-County in September, she added.

"We had to come up with $6,000 as a match, and we did that in about two weeks," Still said, adding that borough council kicked in $3,000.

If they get the money, volunteers will work with an engineer on what will get done.

"There are a lot of different things you can do," Still said. "A lot of the towns do lighting, planters, trees."

Volunteers have already started work on their own, she said, by adding flowers, planting boxes, getting new benches, and hosting a community cleanup day.

Kirk Stoner, Cumberland County planning director, is assisting the volunteers with their efforts.

“We look at those as our core communities,” he said of boroughs like Mt. Holly and Lemoyne.

Mt. Holly was home to 2,030 people in the 2010 census. The median income for a household in the borough was $40,625. Lemoyne had 4,553 residents and a household median income of $39,803.

John Hilton

John Hilton

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