Chambersburg’s greatest assets are its location, demographics, and history. The area, affectionately known as “the ‘burg,” was once a mecca for fine Italian dining and Italian culture. Although many of those restaurants have closed and many original residents of that era have moved out, a growing Hispanic population has added to the area’s vibrancy and cultural richness. As a result, the area offers potential to build a neighborhood that is once again a destination to safely shop, dine and live. The housing strategy for this area is closely related to the Expand and Support Neighborhood Retail
and Support Growth of Neighborhood-Based Businesses and Immigrant Entrepreneurs
initiatives identified in the Economic Development Report.
Nonetheless, the area has a significant number rental units and is one of the most densely populated areas in the city. Efforts to improve rental properties, eliminate predatory landlords, and support local restaurants will help support the goal of making this area a destination neighborhood in the city. The work, however, must be closely coordinated with residents and business owners who may face language and cultural hurdles to accessing programs and services. As such, early on the City should establish a City & Neighborhood Partnership Committee for this area to coordinate all investments in the neighborhood, not just housing. Moreover, the City should consider strongly emphasizing Chambersburg within the Marketing Campaign: Live, Work, Visit Trenton
: both as an attractive place to visit and potentially a cost effective, walkable, culturally rich area to live.
In addition to those listed below, the City should consider all of the tools identified in the Housing Toolkit to execute this initiative. For more information on the toolkit, see Develop Housing Toolkit & Implement Prioritized Investment Framework Initiative.