PA Gov. Josh Shapiro tours Ridley Park Main Street, Promoting State Program


Shapiro speaks with John and Dennise Marshall, owners of The Brickhaus in Ridley Park
Image via Alex Rose, Daily Times.
Shapiro speaks with John and Dennise Marshall, owners of The Brickhaus in Ridley Park.

Gov. Josh Shapiro spoke with local business owners and elected officials in downtown Ridley Park Monday about his proposed $25 million Main Street Matters program, writes Alex Rose for the Daily Times.

“I just think the strength of a community can oftentimes be tied back to the strength of a main street, and I want to invest in our main streets …,” said Shapiro

It’s the first time a sitting Pennsylvania governor has visited the borough.

The program’s aim is to provide state grants directly to small-town business corridors.  Funding is included in the governor’s proposed $49.3 billion 2024-25 budget.

Ridley Park Mayor Hank Eberle Jr. said the borough created a detailed revitalization plan about 10 years ago and discovered a need for sit-down restaurants on Main Street.

Gov. Shapriro’s first stop was to the farm-to-table style café Brickhaus owned and operated by husband-and-wife team John and Dennise Marshall.

Borough Manager Richard Tutak said Brickhaus’ opening really impacted the business corridor. 

It replaced a gift shop that closed at 5 PM. Now, the street has an active nightlife, and the borough has encouraged that with a new online meter system, tree plantings, and a new clock tower.

Read more about the governor’s visit in the Daily Times.

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