Hill-Evans: $9.8M in grants will help York College of Pennsylvania, York County Libraries, and Royal Square Development & Construction

YORK, Aug. 1 – $9.8 million in matching grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will help the York College of Pennsylvania, York County Libraries, and Royal Square Development and Construction, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, announced today.

“These older buildings that once served other purposes will once again be utilized and their communities will become bustling epicenters for learning and commerce,” Hill-Evans said. “By investing in the York College of Pennsylvania, our York County Libraries, and the commercial development of Royal Square, we are improving the lives of our children, our community, and creating the potential for a better future.

“These properties have suffered from extensive demolition and environmental hazards have even overtaken some of their grounds, but with this money, we will be able to get these spaces to their full potential once again. This is a win for the college, our county, and a win for the community at large.”

A total of $6 million will be distributed to York College of Pennsylvania; $2 million will be distributed to York County Libraries; and $1.8 million will be used in Royal Square Development and Construction.

The three buildings to be repurposed into Knowledge Park at York College of Pennsylvania include:

  • The King House, which will become the administrative support center for the complex. Interior and exterior features will be repaired/upgraded as needed to serve the complex while maintaining the historic charm of the structure.
  • The West End Warehouse, which offers a dramatic entrance to the complex by introducing natural light, high ceilings, large spaces and mezzanines.
  • The Kings Mill Warehouse, which will serve as the interior crossroads of the complex with elevators, skylights and large space meeting/assembly/office areas.
  • All three structures will require a renovation scope typically associated with converting empty, multi-story industrial buildings into modern, code-compliant workspaces.

York County Libraries’ capital project includes the following improvements on three site projects:

  • Martin Library restrooms will be replaced to alleviate public safety and security risks, sliding doors in the children’s department will be replaced with doors more suitable for children; the building will receive modernized weatherization; the interior of the library will be renovated with space design enhancements and improvements.
  • Kreutz Creek Library will have a new facility provided, configuring new space to accommodate children, teens, adult and senior users.
  • Kaltreider-Benfer 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 to accommodate growing use and to establish a dedicated teen center and area for private study and silent reading.

Royal Square Development and Construction of York’s Northern Gateway will include the full renovation of three properties:

  • The scope of work shall include structural repair and stabilization, a complete interior fit-out, partial building demolition and site improvements.
  • When complete, this mixed-use project will deliver retail space for a bike shop that will serve the nearby rail trail, a restaurant with outdoor seating, three market-rate apartments above the bike retail space and parking for 16 cars.
  • The front facades will be historically rehabilitated while improving for ADA accessibility and lit for safety and ascetics.

RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.

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