Hill-Evans announces $14 million in state grants for York County

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that 6 projects in York County will receive a total of $14 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants.

“This $14 million in RACP funding will help improve quality of life in York County, from preserving and protecting our environment to helping to alleviate food insecurity to constructing a community center,” Hill-Evans said. “We will all benefit from the state’s support of these critical community projects in our beloved York County.”

The following is the listing of the organizations’ projects and their grant award amounts:

York County Economic Alliance -- $5 million to assist in the current phase of the Codorus Greenway, which will build upon the previous phase to make improvements to the section of the Codorus Creek from the rail bridge north of Philadelphia Street in the city of York to the Army Corps of Engineers access point downstream of North George Street in the city of York. Construction will include repair and reconstruction of flood walls to expand the capacity of the levee system and create riparian buffer areas adjacent to the creek and allow for an ADA compliant access point; remediation of contaminated soil; and in-channel improvements that enhance water quality and mitigate flooding.

The York County Industrial Development Authority -- $2 million for its Ballpark Commons Northern Gateway project. The money will be used to demolish blighted and underutilized properties, construct a new building and make improvements to PeoplesBank Park, including updating mechanical and lighting systems, and user amenities. The project previously received $2 million in RACP grants in December.

The York County History Center’s York County History Campus - Library & Archives -- $2.5 million to create climate controlled, high-density storage housing 400,000 two-dimensional artifacts. The funds will also be used to complete the 3rd floor coal bin exhibit gallery. Additional renovations include transformation of the garage into a workshop that supports the facilities and maintenance functions for the campus, and upgrades to the receiving and storage areas to be able to obtain important AAM accreditation.

York County Food Bank -- $1.5 million for its “Building Hope and Fighting Hunger” program. The funds will expand the York County Food Bank warehouse to a new facility on King Street and renovate the Hunger-Free client-choice pantry on West Princess Street. A new warehouse space will enable the food bank to acquire, store and distribute a greater quantity and better variety of fresh, nutrient-rich foods. Additionally, the project will renovate the client-choice food pantry in the city of York.

The Children's Aid Society SOPA COB Inc. -- $2 million for its Children's Aid Society Childcare Center. The grant funds will be used for the construction and related costs of a two-story, 7,500-square-foot footprint, 15,000-square-foot building with associated parking areas and stormwater management. The project also includes a 7,500-square-foot fenced-in outdoor play yard.

LogosWorks -- $1million to construct a substantial addition to its building to provide kitchen space, dining hall, art gallery health and wellness center, a full-court gymnasium with locker rooms, and storage.

The funding comes through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a commonwealth grant program overseen by the Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs.