12 Aug The state will hand out millions of dollars for redevelopme…
The state recently awarded millions of dollars in grant money for redevelopment projects though the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The grant program is administered by the State of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget and is for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.
Grant money has been awarded from the state through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program since 1986.
In the midstate this year, projects in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster Lebanon, Perry and York counties were awarded grant money. The projects are located in Reading, Carlisle, Lemoyne, Harrisburg, Derry Township, East Hanover Township, Lower Swatara Township, Steeleton, Chambersburg, Columbia, Ephrata Township, Lancaster, West Earl Township, Lebanon, North Cornwall Township, Penn Township (Perry County), Dover, York, Hellam Township, Springfield Township and York.
Some of the projects in central Pennsylvania include mixed-use projects, a community center and a nonprofit expansion among other projects. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet was awarded $1 million for an addition and renovation project. A $1 million grant was awarded for a mixed-used project at the former Lemoyne Middle School. Two million dollars was awarded for a mixed-use project on Reilly Street in Harrisburg. Derry Township was awarded $2 million towards a new community center. The National Civil War Museum was awarded $2 million. A mixed-use project in Steelton was also awarded $1.5 million.
But not everyone was awarded money. Money was not awarded for a longtime project in Susquehanna Township known as Susquehanna Union Green, a mixed use project at Progress Avenue and Linglestown Road. Projects at HIA, a Front Street mansion, a tower on Market Street in Harrisburg and at the Whitaker Center also didn’t receive any money.
Below is a list of projects in the midstate that were awarded money and also a list of projects that didn’t receive any money.
The first list below are the projects that were awarded grants.
Berks County Trust Company Building, Acme Structure X
Five million dollars was requested for the project. The project was awarded $1.5 million. The project will rehabilitate this prominent building which was was built in 1910.
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet requested $1.8 million and was awarded $1 million. The redevelopment will encompass a 5,500-square foot new addition and 24,345 square feet of renovations to the existing building. Studio space will be reconfigured to accommodate growth. The redevelopment will update and improve student facilities — from new study areas and bathrooms, to dressing rooms and student lounges. The administrative offices will also be renovated and expanded.
Former Lemoyne Middle School Redevelopment
A request of $1 million was granted. The funding will support the redevelopment of the former Lemoyne Middle School at 701 Market St. The project would include pre-development, demolition, abatement and site work costs necessary to create a pad-ready mixed-use site. The overall project will also include a mixed-use development of approximately 17,500 square feet of commercial space and approximately 30 townhomes as well as associated parking areas, sidewalks, landscaping, lighting and other pedestrian features. Funding will be used for the costs related to the demolition of the existing facility, environmental abatement and subsequent site work.
320 Reilly Mixed-Use Development-GreenWorks
The company requested $4 million and $2 million was granted. GreenWorks plans to transform a city block into a mixed-use development featuring a 135,000 square foot, five-story building with 135 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail.
Hershey Community Center, Derry Township
The Hershey Community Center project involves the construction of a new community center on the site of the existing recreation center at 605 Cocoa Ave. The new center will include a 50-meter competitive swimming pool. Additional planned amenities include a walking track, fitness center, a full-sized basketball gymnasium, a childcare area, indoor leisure pool, a regional senior center, meeting rooms, outdoor leisure pool, large multi-purpose room, commercial kitchen space, and a refreshment area. The funds were requested to support the three pools that are proposed to be included in the Hershey Community Center. Derry Township requested $2,773,550 and was awarded $2 million.
Hummel Street Redevelopment – Tri-County Housing-Harrisburg
The overall redevelopment project includes the acquisition of eleven parcels, demolition of five blighted and uninhabitable properties, construction of six new single family homes for sale, rehabilitation of three single family homes for sale, rehabilitation of two multi-family dwellings that provide seven rental units of affordable housing for low-moderate income persons/families. TCHDC plans to construct six new townhomes on the now vacant lots. These new homes will include three bedrooms, 1 ½ baths with full modern appliances and amenities. Each new home will have approximately 1,200 square feet of living space. Tri-County Housing requested $1 million and was awarded $500,000.
Insulators Local Union 23 Business Unit Expansion
East Hanover Township
Insulators LU 23 recently acquired the property located at 8926 Jonestown Road which was the location of VFW Post 9639. It is the intention of LU 23 to renovate and add onto the existing structure, creating a multipurpose business center. This center will house the union offices, apprentice training center, and a new catering/banquet facility. A small portion of the dwelling will be offices for the union business representatives. The union says the largest portion will be used to grow the educational program of LU 23. The final phase of the project will be the construction of a catering/banquet hall with a full functioning kitchen area. The union requested $1 million and was awarded $700,000.
National Civil War Museum-Reservoir Park
Initially, the project cost will acquire and solidify title of priceless artifacts from the city of Harrisburg. In turn the city of Harrisburg will invest in capital improvements for Reservoir Park, and the National Civil War Museum. The museum requested $5 million and was awarded $2 million.
Shireman Tract – Lower Swatara Township
Lower Swatara Township
The Shireman Tract which is approximately 32 acres along Ebenezer and Longview Roads within Lower Swatara Township, was acquired by Lower Swatara Township in early 2017. Lower Swatara Township says it is experiencing a shortage of ball fields. The project will include the creation of two softball fields and continuing open space areas, bulk excavation/fill, stormwater management basins, permits, and a final land development plan. The township requested $613,500 and was awarded $300,000.
Steel Works Redevelopment – Integrated Development Partners
The new Steel Works development will be comprised of 65,000 square feet of commercial, retail and office space and multi-level senior housing units. Planned commercial end uses include a Hamilton Health medical facility, a Capital Area Head Start pre-k education center, a grocery store, and brew pub. The project also includes a 2,600 square foot playground and “The Brickyard,” a community park and amphitheater. The RACP funds will support the first phase of vertical construction on the Steel works project site, costs to relocate existing storm water and sewer pipes, and to construct the first multi-level, mixed-use building on site. The building will house approximately 19,000 square feet of commercial space on the first level which will become the home of the Hamilton Health medical facility and a Capital Area Head Start pre-k education center. The developer requested $4 million and was awarded $1.5 million.
Chambersburg Police Department
The building located at 116 S. Second St. will be redeveloped with enhanced accessibility, security and functionality upgrades. The RACP grant will be used to fund on-site infrastructure, demolition, expansion and renovation of an existing building to be used for the Chambersburg Police Department and related uses. The department requested $2 million and was awarded $1.7 million.
Franklin County Court Complex – Phase II
The County proposes to demolish and pave four parcels to construct two new parking lots. The County plans to demolish 168 Lincoln Way E and potentially a surrounding building, perform site work, and pave the parcels. The RACP funds will be used to partially fund the proposed acquisition of one property and will also cover demolition costs, site preparation, and paving for the site at 168 Lincoln Way E and a potential surrounding parcel; and the paving of the 34 and 56 North Main Street properties. Demolition and site preparation for these properties occurred during an earlier phase of the project. One million dollars was requested and $500,000 was awarded.
Chambersburg Health Services – Summit Campus Expansion
The expansion will include a cancer…