Jon Sander, city engineer, and Delta Development Group, Mechanicsburg, applied for the grant in July.
“We asked for $1.4 million,” Sander said. “The grant effectively closes out the Old City area,” he said.
“Wonderful news,” said Williamsport City Council President Randall J. Allison, adding, “Thank you for pursuing this important piece of funding.”
“This is excellent news, and Lycoming College looks forward to cooperating with the city on this next phase of work,” said Kent Trachte, Lycoming College president.
The City of Williamsport can finish out Old City street improvements and street reconstruction with a $906,475 multi-modal transportation grant through the Commonwealth Finance Authority.
The work entails reconstruction of East Fourth Street, between Basin and Mulberry streets, and Campbell Street, between West Third and West Fourth streets.
“I believe we are all looking forward to the new music building project that the college is undertaking as well as the private development component on Basin Street,” Allison said.
A mixed use commercial residential development is in planning stages by Pine Ridge Construction Management Co. of nearby Water Tower Square in the city.
The college and city have been close partners in the endeavor, Allison noted. Shannon L. Rossman, director of Planning and Community Development in Lycoming County, also congratulated Sander and Delta Development, including Teresa Sparacino, the city consulting firm contact, on the big grant award.
“The next steps are hiring an engineeing firm to perform the design work, and ultimately construction plans, to be bid out to a contractor, for construction,” Sander said. This is a zero-or-no-match grant, he said.
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