Oxford Borough Multimodal Transportation Center Project

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Project History

In recent years, Oxford Borough has accomplished several revitalization initiatives in the downtown, including public infrastructure and streetscape improvements and successful redevelopment projects. However, the Borough currently lacks the necessary parking and transportation infrastructure and local multimodal connection point that is a prerequisite to continued growth and expanding future bus and other shared transit services. Currently, the greater Oxford area has limited bus service and no public transit connection to regional SEPTA and AMTRAK rail service.

Project Description

Would you like to see more shops, services, restaurants and perhaps a theater in the downtown? Currently, the Borough lacks the required supportive parking where potential employees of new businesses could park.  The Oxford Borough Multimodal Transportation Center addresses this well researched and documented parking shortage.

This project will ease the tax burden of Oxford residents and contribute to the long-term vitality and economic strength of the Borough. A vibrant, bustling business corridor brings new tax revenue to the municipality, which means the Borough can rely less on the residents to fund basic services. We are fortunate to have beautiful, historic buildings lining the downtown, but businesses will not locate here or be able to survive without supportive parking for new employees and patrons.

The Oxford Borough Multimodal Transportation Center is designed to be a four-story, five-level parking structure, with multimodal transportation integration and park-n-ride capabilities. It is intended to be the community’s main transportation hub.

The new building will also include approximately 2,700 square feet of ground-level interior space, along Octoraro Alley, which will become the new Borough Hall. The new Borough Hall will be a vast improvement to the current facility and will ideally relocate municipal services to the center of Downtown.

Once complete, the Oxford Mutlimodal Transportation
Center will generate revenue for the Borough; aid economic
development effort improve multimodal circulation
through the downtown; and help connect residents to
employment and education opportunities within the
Borough and other urban centers in the region.

This project is essential to the revitalization of Oxford. However, municipal leaders are taking a very cautious approach. The facility will only be built if certain funding and development milestone are met.

Project Funding

The project is an approximately $6.0 M investment. The Borough is committed to funding this project without taxing Oxford residents, and is pursuing all other public and private funding opportunities available to municipal governments. The project will only move forward if enough funding is secured (through public and private grants and donations) to ensure any additional construction and ongoing operational costs can be paid entirely through revenue received through parking fee, permits and fines.

Through this project, funders have a unique opportunity to vastly improve the economic outlook for greater Oxford through one well-defined, strategic development project.

Confirmed Funding

  • $578,000 Chester County Community Revitalization Program (CRP)
  • $540,00 DCED Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF)
  • $1,000,000 Private Donation

Project Supporters

  • Oxford Borough Council
  • US Congressman Joseph R. Pitts
  • PA Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman
  • PA Rep. John Lawrence
  • Chester County Economic Development  Council
  • Transportation Management  Association of Chester County (TMACC)
  • Oxford Mainstreet Inc.
  • Oxford Arts Alliance
  • Oxford Chamber of Commerce
  • Oxford Area School District
  • Oxford Rotary Foundation
  • Oxford Library Company
  • Oxford Area Foundation
  • Oxford Area Senior Center
  • BB&T
  • Cameron’s Hardware
  • Herr Foods
  • Flowers Baking Co (Tastykake)
  • Lincoln University
  • Oxford Feed & Lumber
  • SawMill Grill
  • Ware Presbyterian Village
  • Plus numerous local business owners, residents and community members

What Can You Do?

Send a letter of support to:

(Sample Letter)

Ron Hershey, President
Borough Council – Borough of Oxford
401 Market Street
PO Box 380
Oxford, PA 19363

The above renderings are not final designs. They are being used to help raise funds and support for this project.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline to have this project completed?

2 years for fundraising and planning, 18-20 months for construction

Will there be permit parking for downtown businesses and their employees?

Yes.

How will ongoing maintenance and security be paid for?

Parking revenue from meters, permits and fines.

Once construction begins, how long to completion?

18-20 Months

Were there any studies done to support this project?

Yes, many studies have been completed in recent years that point to the need for additional parking in the Borough. The most recent study can be read here.

“I heard a nearby community is not making money on their parking garage.”

Revenue projections for any given project depend on 1.) how much debt is incurred to fund construction and 2.) informed ongoing operational management.

Taking a loan to fund the majority of construction costs significantly impacts the financial management and profitability of the structure. Borough Council is committed to an alternative approach. The project will only move forward if certain public and private funding milestones are met.

Ample supportive parking is vital to economic development. Surrounding municipalities struggle with these issues as well. Currently both Coatesville and Kennett Square are pursuing building new or expanding existing parking structures.

How do I voice my support or ask questions about the proposed transit facility?

Numerous public meetings have been held with each parking study. An informational meeting was held April 11th at 7:00 PM in Ware Chapel (7 East Locust Street, Oxford, PA) to continue the discussion and answer questions. You can watch a video of the meeting here. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date on Downtown Community happenings, including transit facility information.

Attend council meetings.

Send a letter of support to:

(Sample Letter)

Ron Hershey, President
Borough Council – Borough of Oxford
401 Market Street
PO Box 380
Oxford, PA 19363

Send your questions to Oxford Mainstreet. Questions and answers will be added to the FAQ.