Coatesville could become the first covered velodrome on the East Coast, offering cycle track races for events from the local level to Olympic and international caliber competitions.
Joseph “Zeke” DiSciullo, of the Coatesville Redevelopment Authority, told Coatesville City Council at its March 22 meeting broadcast on YouTube that an agreement has been reached with the developers to convert a 20-acre parcel on Highways 30 and 82 – called The Flats – at an event venue.
If approved by council, the city would sell the property for $ 750.00 to a developer who intends to build a multi-functional event facility, called the National Sports and Events Center, centered around a velodrome occupying 20% ââof the site. The velodrome infield will provide space for a wide range of events, from hard court sports to concerts. There is also potential for a hotel with mid-priced rooms and other amenities on the site.
The Council has not taken any action, but the matter will be referred to them shortly. If approved, the developers will provide a deposit of $ 75,000. There would be a 12 month due diligence period prior to the closing of the sale of the property. Construction would then begin within 120 days and be completed within three years.
Board member Donald Folks, who at one point served on the Redevelopment Authority’s board of directors, questioned whether the developers were serious about this commitment.
âI don’t want you to come here and start something and not finish it,â Folks told developers Crosby Wood and Josh Burrell, who gave a presentation to the board.
In a separate presentation, Kimberly Daye Hardy of the Brandywine Health Foundation said the organization is working on the Coatesville Black Media Renaissance Initiative.
“Local artists and community partners come together twice a month to plan and implement a community-driven strategy to change the media narrative and create a sustainable platform for the continued inclusion of community voices.” , we read in his presentation.
Ideas for the initiative include an exhibition of black artists, as well as other projects.
âWhen we come together we can create amazing things,â said Daye Hardy.
In action points, the council voted to announce a potential deal with Pro-Tech Energy Solutions LLC to lease a city-owned property at 120 Pratts Dam Road in the Township of West Brandywine for the construction of a solar energy production facility. The lease would be for 20 years, with two possible extensions of five years.
The rental fee that the city would collect in the first three years would be $ 40,000 per year, with an annual increase of 1% to follow each year thereafter.
Last month, the city struck a similar deal with Trina Solar for a city-owned property in Valley Township.
The deal with Pro-Tech will come back to the board for action next month.
Acting on the list of recommended candidates provided by the Civil Service Commission, city council approved the hiring of four part-time patrollers for the Coatesville Police Department, conditional upon passing a background check and d ‘physical and psychological examinations.
The article was adopted by 4-1, with council member Nydea Graves opposed. She said if city council is involved in the hiring process, then members should receive general information about the people before they vote.
At the end of the meeting, council members stressed the need for COVID-19 vaccination centers in the city as virus cases and deaths continue to rise. Cases in the city and county of Chester are tending to increase. The incidence rate in the county for the last week, released on March 19, was 93.14 cases per 1,000, while the previous week was 73.