DiSanto: State Grants will Support Projects in Dauphin and Perry Counties

Harrisburg – Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) said today’s announcement of state grants by the Office of the Budget will support several key projects in Dauphin and Perry counties.

“It’s important that state tax dollars return to our communities to help fund economic development projects conceived and planned at the local level, where knowledge of community needs is greatest,” DiSanto said. “Counties, municipalities and development organizations have to be forward-looking to ensure the long-term vitality of our communities, and the state has an important role in supporting these efforts.”

The following Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants were approved:

Derry Township – Hershey Community Center ($2 million)        

The project involves the construction of a new and expanded community center on the site of the existing recreation center at 605 Cocoa Avenue in Hershey.

Tri-County Housing Development Corp. – Hummel Street Redevelopment ($500,000)

The Harrisburg redevelopment project includes removing blighted properties, constructing new homes and making streetscape improvements.

Insulators Local Union 23 – Business Unit Expansion ($700,000)

Insulators Local 23 recently acquired the former VFW Post 9639 in East Hanover Township. The funds will allow Local 23 to renovate and expand the existing structure to establish a multipurpose business center for apprenticeship training, thereby creating jobs and new community facilities.

National Civil War Museum – Museum & Reservoir Park Improvements ($2 million)

The project includes the acquisition of artifacts from the City of Harrisburg and capital improvements in the museum and Reservoir Park.

320 Reily Street, Harrisburg – Mixed-Use Development ($2 million)

GreenWorks Development will transform a Midtown city block into a livable mixed-use development featuring a 5-story building with 135 market rate apartments and neighborhood-oriented retail.

Perry County Economic Development Corporation – Perry Innovation Park Cogeneration Power ($1 million)

The Perry Innovation Park Cogeneration Power Project in Penn Township will provide cogeneration power for a planned new facility as well as capacity for further economic development.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is administered by the Office of the Budget and supports economic, cultural, civic, historical or recreational projects with a regional impact that generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.


CONTACT: Chuck Erdman cerdman@pasen.gov (717) 787-6801

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