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Numerous Harrisburg-area projects to receive significant state funding, as redevelopment grants announced

The Dauphin County Library System is slated to receive a $1 million state redevelopment grant for a project that includes renovations to the McCormick Riverfront Library (pictured) and the neighboring Haldeman Haly House.

Numerous Harrisburg-area projects are slated to receive state funds as the commonwealth has announced its latest phase of redevelopment grants.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants announced on Friday complete the state’s 2021 funding round, which was awarded in two tranches—the first in December and the second on Friday.

Many Harrisburg projects denied money last year in the first tranche received funds in the second. These include:

  • The Dauphin County Library System for renovation of the Haldeman Haly House and expansion of the McCormick Riverfront Library downtown ($1 million)
  • Harrisburg Events Center for the continued renovation of the historic King Mansion ($500,000)
  • Harrisburg Scottish Rite Cathedral for renovations and theater preservation ($1.02 million)
  • 400 Reily Street Management for a new apartment building and parking garage at 400 Reily St. ($2 million)

As previously reported, The Bridge Ecovillage also received RACP funding in this round, obtaining $4 million for the first phase of its project at the former Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.

In addition, the Atlas, a mixed-use redevelopment project at N. 6th and Maclay streets in Harrisburg, will receive $2 million more, adding to the $2.5 million it received in December for such needs as core infrastructure work, a new sprinkler system, additional green space and more parking.

Another 2021 RACP recipient, Hamilton Health Center, had its $2.5 million grant request fully funded in December for a 20,000-square-foot satellite location as the final component of the Steel Works project.

Elsewhere in Dauphin County, the following projects receive RACP funding in the second tranche:

  • Hidden Still Distillery in Derry Township for extensive renovation work ($1 million)
  • Rotunda Brew Pub in Derry Township for renovations and upgrades ($1 million)
  • Penn State College of Medicine Comparative Medicine Research Facility in Hershey II for construction and renovation ($1 million more, for $4 million total)
  • Susquehanna Union Green, a mixed-use development in Susquehanna Township ($2 million more, for $4.5 million total)
  • Swatara Township Municipal Complex Facility for a new public safety building ($1 million more, for $1.6 million total)
  • West Hanover Township Municipal Complex for construction of a new, 15,000-square-foot building ($500,000 more for $1.5 million total)

“I’m pleased to announce this state support for upgrades to public facilities and economic development,” said state Sen. John DiSanto (R-15), in a statement. “It’s important to me to bring state tax dollars back to our region for critical, but expensive, projects and help ease the burden on local taxpayers.”

For the 2021 RACP round, Cumberland County recipients included the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center ($1.26 million for center renovations); Penn Harris Hotel in East Pennsboro Township ($1 million for interior and exterior improvements); Sadler Health Center in Hampden Township ($2 million for building renovations); and Koloman Development ($1 million for removal of blight and redevelopment of Carlisle Pike intersection).

RACP is a state program for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. It is a match-grant program, meaning that 50% of project funds must come from non-state program sources.

Click here for more information about the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and a spreadsheet of all 2021-round awards throughout the commonwealth.

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