Sturla and Smith-Wade-El secure $2.3M for Lancaster transportation and public works projects

LANCASTER, March 16 – State Reps. Mike Sturla and Ismail Smith-Wade-El, both D-Lancaster, announced today that they had secured $2,326,905 for Lancaster’s multimodal and local public improvement projects from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“I thank the CFA for recognizing the important work of our local organizations and the City of Lancaster to our community,” Sturla said. “These vital awards will enable them to continue to enhance their services for the benefit of our residents.”

“We are proud and grateful to have been able to secure these funds which will serve critical housing, social and community development needs,” Smith-Wade-El said. “Thank you to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for sharing this community’s vision of what we all deserve.”

The funding will help the following projects:

  • $200,000 to the City of Lancaster to construct an eastbound bicycle lane on Fulton Street in Lancaster City.
  • $400,000 for South Ann Concerned Neighbors to construct a community hub where all neighborhood individuals are provided community resources.
  • $476,905 for SACA Development Corporation to complete building renovations to their human services facility, El Centro Hispano.
  • $250,000 for Tenfold to complete a comprehensive renovation its 112-year-old TLC shelter facility, to provide better temporary housing and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness.
  • $1,000,000 for YWCA Lancaster to construct and install an ADA-compliant, stretcher-sized elevator.  

The state grants came from the Multimodal Transportation Fund and the Statewide Local Share Account Program. The Multimodal Transportation Fund, which provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

Statewide Local Share Account grant program funds are used for public projects that improve the quality of life of community residents.

The funds distributed through the Statewide Local Share Account grant program come from gaming revenues. Act 71 of 2004 provides for the distribution of gaming revenues to support projects in the public interest within the state.

The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania's economic stimulus programs. More information about its programs is available here.