HARRISBURG – Grants to support redevelopment and construction across greater Harrisburg-Hershey will boost tourism, support groundbreaking cancer research, and give first responders access to modern, secure facilities, according to Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin).
Mehaffie advocated for projects that include:
• Scottish Rite Cathedral and Theatre’s preservation, which will address safety, mechanical and engineering needs for the Harrisburg building constructed in 1954. The $1 million grant will modernize the North Third Street structure and improve its handicapped accessibility.
• Hidden Still Distillery to renovate the Derry Township facility for tasting options and educational tours focused on the distillery process of bourbon and other Pennsylvania spirits. A $1 million grant will help with electrical work, masonry and other construction needs.
• Penn State College of Medicine Comparative Medicine Research Facility’s ongoing effort to develop research, including research into potential cancer treatments. The center is seeking to expand and renovate its biohazard and germ-free areas using the $1.25 million grant.
• Swatara Township for construction of new fire, police and public safety facilities on Eisenhower Boulevard, where the $1 million grant will help to provide secure rooms for meetings with crime victims, decontamination areas, training rooms and an emergency operations center.
“These important projects will well position Dauphin County for the future,” Mehaffie said. “The Penn State research in particular will have lasting effects across the globe, and it is incredible this work is being done in our own backyard.”
The funding was awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). RACP is a Commonwealth grant program 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.
Representative Tom Mehaffie
106th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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