Pa. state grant winners & losers: See which York County projects received funding
The commonwealth recently announced recipients of Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants.
Several York County organizations received significant sums for redevelopment projects. The funding is approved by the state's Office of the Budget and finalized by Gov. Tom Wolf.
"2020 has been incredibly challenging for so many reasons, and investment such as this is so very vital,” York County Economic Alliance President and CEO Kevin Schreiber said in a statement. “As we head into 2021, it is one more reason for optimism, as this will undoubtedly help stimulate our local economy, benefit many York countians, and expedite our county’s economic recovery by generating both direct and indirect economic benefits for industries and individuals.”
Historic Dill's Tavern
The Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society was awarded $500,000 for its expansion project on the historic Dill's Tavern site. The funds will be used to help recreate a replica log cabin adjacent to the distillery. The Historical and Preservation Society has been working for several years on rebuilding the 3.5-acre plantation.
York's CASA chapter was awarded $1 million for renovations at its 225 E. Princess St. offices. The funds will be used to upgrade the current property in addition to the construction of co-working spaces and classrooms for workforce development and youth outreach programs.
Markets at Hanover
The Markets at Hanover were awarded $1 million for a redevelopment and expansion project that will improve facility operations and include a craft brewery on site.
York Plan 2.0
The oft-discussed innovation district from York Exponential CEO John McElligott missed an opportunity for a $5 million RACP grant this year. The funds would have been used to help jump start construction on the 750,000-square-foot commercial and robotics development district. The project is set to be anchored in York's Northwest Triangle. Earlier this year during the start of the pandemic, McElligott championed support for the project due to its potential to help rebuild broken supply chains.
York County History Center
The York County History Center did not receive any funds for its $3 million proposal. The project was intended to help improve the museum's facilities and build a coal bin exhibit on the third floor.
Springettsbury Police Department
Springettsbury Township was not awarded any portion of its $5 million proposal to build a new 23,921-square-foot police station in addition to an 8,800-square-foot expansion to the existing administration building.
In total, 13 York County projects received $16,063,857 in funding. It's significantly more than surrounding counties received. Lebanon County saw a single bid awarded for a Lebanon Valley College project. The college received $500,000 out of a $4 million bid to expand its Nursing & Interdisciplinary Health Education Facility.
Lancaster County was awarded $12,862,483 for 10 projects, including a $2.5 million campus expansion for Rock Lititz. Dauphin County received $5,580,968 for five projects, in addition to $2 million awarded to Adams County for a redevelopment project at the Berlin Junction Manufacturing Center.
Franklin County's lone $1.5 million bid for an expansion at Herbuck's Poulty Ranch was awarded.