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 treatment center and other medical services. Two million was requested and $500,000 was awarded.
Columbia Economic Development Initiative – Columbia
The Initiative will include investment into two primary project elements — re-establishing a public farmer’s market, introducing a restaurant, and providing community-based activities at the Columbia Market House; and construction of parking improvements to support economic development project(s) in the borough’s downtown. The borough requested $3,420,000 and was awarded $1,750,00.
Ephrata Crossing – Property Investing and Management Inc.
The proposed mixed-use development will be constructed on a vacant tract. The company requested $2.4 million and was awarded $500,000.
Lancaster City Fire Stations
Reconstruction at the fire stations will occur at the sites of the two current stations on East and West King Streets, both of which are city-owned sites. Fire Station no. 1 on West King Street will also have space to house the city back-up emergency operations center and emergency Management Coordinator. The city requested $4 million and was awarded $500,000.
Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic
The project will expand patient care spaces to fill the entire main floor of the clinic which is 9,000 square feet. The clinic is located at 223 N. Lime St. The existing waiting area will be transformed into new treatment rooms for orthodontic and pediatric dental care. Additional clinical spaces will be renovated. A new waiting area and play space for small children will be built. The lower level will be transformed into meeting space and offices. The clinic requested $1,226,001 and was awarded $1.2 million.
West Earl Township
Spartan plans to make improvements to its existing plant to accommodate new machinery and an expanded work force. These improvements will facilitate the expanded production of the Utilimaster commercial truck bodies. These include bodies of vehicles used for parcel deliveries, snack deliveries, utility service and other commercial purposes. Spartan received $500,000.
Treasures Markets Community Revitalization Plan – Treasures of Hope Foundation
This project includes the purchase and of properties on Queen and Franklin Streets as well as renovations, purchasing store inventory and opening a retail operation. Treasures of Hope Foundation requested $2 million and received $500,000.
Market Square Transit Intermodal Center with Lebanon City Hall
The Transit Intermodal Center will be constructed on 1.6 acres of city-owned property. The project will consist of a three-story, 30,000 square-foot mixed-use building that will include Lebanon’s City Hall, a transit intermodal center and include 10,000 square feet of space for lease. The parking garage will consist of three decks with more than 300 parking spaces. The city requested $8,780,000 and was awarded $2 million.
WellSpan Health and Surgery Center
North Cornwall Township
Plans call for the new construction of the 80,000-square-foot Wellspan Health and Surgery Center. The new facility will include primary care, specialty care, surgical and ambulatory services. WellSpan recently purchased two properties totaling 10 acres at the northwest corner of Rocherty and Cornwall Roads. Land development and site and facility design are currently underway. The hospital requested $2.5 million and was awarded $500,000.
Perry Innovation Park Cogeneration Power – Perry County Economic Development Corporation
The Perry Innovation Park Cogeneration Power Project will establish the use of cogeneration power within the county for a new building that is planned. This proposed project will consist of the construction of the cogeneration power unit and processing facility. The Perry County Economic Development Corporation requested $2 million and was awarded $1 million.
Carlisle Road, Dover Grocery Store – Lidl (Store No. 1082)
Lidl will build a new grocery store. The chain requested $1.5 million and received $500,000.
Knowledge Park at York College of Pennsylvania
The former paper mill property was purchased by YCP in 2008 after extensive demolition and environmental abatement. Funds are for construction expenses only associated with converting three of four remaining buildings and grounds of the 5.82 acre site into Knowledge Park at YCP. The school requested $7 million and received $6 million.
York County Libraries Capital III – York County Libraries
Hellam Township and Red Lion
York County Libraries’ capital project includes the following improvements on three project sites: (1) Martin Library renovations. (2) Kreutz Creek Library: A new facility for the library will be provided. (3) Kaltreider-Benfer Library: The existing library in Red Lion will be expanded by building on the concrete pad area adjacent to the facility. The expansion will create space for the children’s library. The library requested $3 million and was awarded $2 million.
York Jewish Community Center
This project entails renovation of the grounds and building of a former TLC Montessori site granted to the York JCC as an in-kind gift. It will be renovated to serve as the early childhood education center. The project will begin as soon as funding is approved, and will be complete in time to launch the program in the fall. The $1 million request was granted.
York’s Northern Gateway – Station House – Royal Square Development & Construction
This project will include the full renovation of three properties. When complete, this mixed-use project will deliver retail space for a bike shop, a restaurant with outdoor seating, three apartments above the bike shop and parking for 16 cars. The company was awarded $1.8 million.
The following midstate projects were not awarded any RACP grant money this year:
Gettysburg Montessori Charter School
The school requested $500,000 to expand its K-6 facility through a new 16,450-square-foot addition.
Lutheran Seminary Ridge Restaurant Development, United Lutheran Seminary
The seminary requested a $1 million grant to established the Gettysburg Pub Theology Conference Center and Restaurant through the renovation and expansion of an existing dining hall across the street from the Seminary Ridge Museum.
Fifth and Court Government Service Complex, City of Reading
The City of Reading requested $3 million. The city is in the process of obtaining site control of the current post office at 59 N. 5th Street for the project construction site. The funds were to be used for the renovation construction costs to develop the 5th and Court Street post office building into a government service complex.
This project includes extending the existing public water from the existing source on Route 724, down Poplar Neck Road and extending the existing public sewer lines from Valley Stream Road to the south of Eastern Berks Landfill where both lines will require directional drilling approximately 600 feet under the Schuylkill River connecting the public water to the property and the sewer line will end at at sanitary pump station. All funds received were to be utilized to fund the extension of public water and sewer that are necessary to make the site ready and usable for future industrial and manufacturing space. The $3 million request was rejected.
Western Berks Ambulance Association
The project will include the construction of a new facility. The funds were to be used to replace a dilapidated facility with a new one. The $750,000 request was rejected.
Oakwood Hills Commercial Development – Rider Musser
Upper Allen Township
Rider Musser assembled and owns three contiguous tracts of land in Upper Allen Township to construct a mixed-use project. Phase I is currently under way and consists of the residential aspects of the project on the eastern half of the property. Phase II will include the medical, retail and commercial aspects, as well as additional onsite and offsite improvements as part of the full master plan buildout. Commercial end-uses include a hotel with meeting space; restaurants; convenience retail; a bank; and commercial office space. Before vertical construction of Phase II can begin, Rider Musser must complete significant site and infrastructure work on the eastern half of the property. The $3 million request was rejected. Rider Musser Development LLC was created by Messiah College to develop the land.
Shippensburg Regional Conference Center, Shippensburg University Foundation
Phase III of the Shippensburg Regional Conference Center will serve as a multi-functional facility offering 46,000 square feet of career development, classroom, meeting and dining space which will accommodate seating for up to 750 people. This project will include the construction of a full-service banquet kitchen and dining facility that will include up to 750 seats along with construction of additional meeting space and expanded parking. The project will be an addition to the existing Conference Center at Shippensburg University on land owned by the Shippensburg University Foundation. The $3 million request was rejected.
Butler Street Assisted Living Community
Butler Street Senior Living plans to purchase a property and redevelop an existing building and surrounding land into an assisted living and memory care community. The project will be comprised of the reconstruction of the three-story interior as well as exterior improvements, including ADA compliant facilities. The redevelopment will create 69 total living units with approximately 88 beds. The facility would include dining rooms, lounges, and a patio seating area will be created, along with necessary offices, medical facilities and nurses stations. The completed facility will also include a commercial kitchen, commercial laundry room and mechanical rooms. The $2,750,000 request was rejected.
HIA Air Cargo Development Phase 1, Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority
Lower Swatara Township
SARAA has identified expanding HIA air cargo operations in its master plan. The grant funds were to be used to demolish Buildings 26 and 96, a former barracks and administrative building from HIA’s past days as a military installment. The buildings are obsolete and unable to be occupied. The $2 million request was rejected.
Historic King Mansion
The project would include four areas of improvement: historic preservation and energy efficiency; a King Mansion Events and Catering Center; a health and wellness facility and tourism lodging. The $1 million dollar request was rejected. The mansion is located at 2201 N. Front St.
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Market Street Tower – Harrisburg – South Third Development LLC, an affiliated company of Harristown Enterprises
This project will construct an 11-story office tower on 3 properties at 307, 309-311 and 313 Market St. The RACP project scope would have only focused only on new construction. The upper seven floors will of the project will provide office space for an interested company to use as its corporate headquarters. Each of the seven floors will have 20,000 square feet. The other 3.5 floors will provide parking. The other half floor at street level will provide retail space. The $5 million request was rejected.
Susquehanna Union Green — Hawthorne SPE in conjunction with its affiliates the Vartan Group and The Buonarroti Trust
The companies seek to construct a 58 acre mixed-use town center and a residential development. The site will have a mix of houses and apartments close to various retail outlets as well as office space and community facilities including an outdoor amphitheater and walking trails. The companies’ $5 million request was rejected.
Whitaker Center STEM, Technology and Capital Improvements III Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
The center proposes renovations related to major building systems and its technology infrastructure. The center also proposes to re-purpose two classrooms. The project’s upgrades would also be associated with the technology infrastructure to support the center’s eSports facilities. The Whitaker Center’s $839,858 request was rejected.
Herbruck’s Poultry Expansion
The planned Herbruck’s development will have 2.4 million hens producing one billion eggs annually. It will be comprised of 334 acres and, upon completion, include eight barns, a manure processing facility, and several support buildings. In order to advance Herbruck’s expansion into Pennsylvania, the company says that substantial site development activities must be completed before vertical construction can begin. The company requested $2.5 million and was rejected.
Lancaster Science Factory
The Lancaster Science Factory plans to expand its indoor footprint from 12,039 square feet to 17,651 square feet, and will add a second floor permanent installation called the Sky Bridge, an expansion of the Science Factory hung from the 28-foot tall ceilings that allows children and adults to explore the airspace in the science center. The $700,000 request was declined.
Radio Infrastructure Replacement – Emergency Management Agency
This project includes tower site development, tower and shelter construction or renovation and partnering with surrounding counties and state agencies to complete at least eight remote tower sites that will adequately cover Perry County. All antiquated radio equipment and facilities will be decommissioned and removed and the new system installed, to include towers if needed, shelters, antennas, and all associated equipment at each site and the Perry County Communications Center. The county requested $2.1 million and was rejected.
319 Chestnut Street – United Fiber & Data
The project at 319 Chestnut Street will consist of building a data center facility while incorporating the historical prison structure as part of the central plant. The historical prison building will undergo extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior. New construction will be completed with a large addition to the prison structure to accommodate the data center equipment, supporting utilities, offices and meeting spaces. The company’s request of $7 million was rejected.
Crisis Nursery & Community Center – Salem Square – Children’s Aid Society
This will be new construction on an empty lot approximately 0.84 acres in York between School Place and West Poplar Street. The project will include design, permitting and construction of a three story, 15,000 square foot community center, associated parking areas and stormwater management facilities. The approximately 40,000 square foot building will include a boxing gym and fitness area, a main gymnasium and multi purpose community space. The organization’s request for $1 million was rejected.
Emanuel Community Development
The health center, currently in a 2,200-square-foot facility, will be housed in the future community center at the old St. Joseph School Building. The funds were to be used to establish housing for veterans and a healthcare center for those who are uninsured or underinsured. The community center would provide a larger space for medical services and for dental care, a pharmacy and ophthalmologic care, additional behavioral services, and drug and alcohol treatment. This facility will be located at 850 E. Princess St., the current site of the health center. The request for $4,688,000 was rejected.
Markets of Hanover – Silbaugh Investors LP No. 5
The project includes four major components: (1) expansion and buildout of the farmers’ market; (2) construction of the self-storage units; (3) buildout of loading docks; and (4) necessary improvements to the roadway, parking lot and storm-water enhancements. The funds will be used for the design, construction, development and redevelopment of the Markets of Hanover’s farmers’ market facility. The $3 million request was rejected.
Pixelle Spring Grove Woodyard Expansion
Spring Grove Borough
Pixelle’s Spring Grove mill acquires raw materials from many sources, and the RACP funding would have supported construction and equipping of an upgraded and expanded wood receiving area. The $1,750,000 request was rejected.
York County Co-Located Children’s Advocacy Center
This project will include acquisition and renovation of a building at 250 E. Market St. to house a new Children’s Advocacy Center that will include partner agencies co-located under one roof. The building will be renovated to create dedicated, highly specialized and uniquely designed space for client services including forensic interviewing services, a forensic medical wing and family therapy and consultation areas. The $3 million request was rejected.
York County Coroner’s Office, Morgue & District Court – County of York
York County currently has no morgue but utilizes York Hospital’s facility. This funding would allow the county to renovate sections of the existing prison to utilize the space for a county morgue and coroners office. Additional space within the prison can also be renovated to be utilized as a District Court office. The $1 million dollar request was rejected.
York County History Center Campus – Phase 2
The construction proposed in Phase 2 of the History Center campus project completes many of the improvements that were removed from the scope of Phase 1 due to budget constraints. This second phase will enable the library to upgrade their storage capabilities through the use of high density storage. The final component of Phase 2 of the project is the renovation of the receiving and storage areas, necessary for the History Center to obtain accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. The $3 million request was rejected.
York Manufacturing Co. Building Modernization – Air Dynamics Industrial System Corporation
With the purchase of this site, the company will expand current operational capacity to include manufacturing for additional customers. The company has leased the building since 2013 with a signed agreement to purchase it from the York County Economic Alliance. The $1,374,000 request was rejected.