Grant will help Pa. projects

June 12, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Construction of a community center, funding for affordable housing and the historic preservation of the Capitol Theatre are all possible now that Chambersburg has been awarded a state grant of more than $300,000.

"We're pleased because this way it will allow us to start with some of these projects this year yet," said Chambersburg Borough Manager Eric Oyer.

The $311,867 grant, awarded to the borough this week, is part of the state Department of Community and Economic Development's Community Development Block Grant program. The borough applied for it in April.


"Our communities will benefit greatly from these state grants, especially our hard-working families and senior citizens who rely on services and programs sponsored by our local governments. This money, which our taxpayers send to Harrisburg, should come back home to improve the quality of life for our citizens," said Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Franklin, in a press release announcing the awarding of the grant.

Oyer said the money will be divided among several community groups, focusing mostly on helping low and moderate-income families.

Some of the money will go to the Building Our Pride In Chambersburg program to build a community center at the corner of Industrial Drive and Hollywell Avenue, Oyer said.

The organization currently uses Thaddaeus Stevens Elementary School for its summer school program for underprivileged youth.

About $10,000 will be issued to Rural Opportunities Inc. to help low-income families to buy and maintain their own homes.

The Chambersburg Community Improvement Association will get $25,000 to enhance a program which prepares children from low-income families for college.

Part of the grant money will go toward the Big Brother/Big Sister program, proposed to start in the area in the fall.

The Capitol Theatre on South Main Street will get $20,000 for restoration and historic preservation.

Some of the money will also be used to finish making the Chambersburg Recreation Center handicapped accessible.

The Borough of Shippensburg received $193,860, which will be used for housing rehabilitation, street and road improvements, historic preservation, and the acquisition of senior housing.

Shippensburg Township received $122,455 to assist with public community facilities improvements.

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