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Council to choose which projects will receive grants

March 18, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Chambersburg, Pa. - With requests totaling more than $517,000, the Chambersburg Borough Council will consider next week how to allocate about $282,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

Six requests totaling $395,197 have been received for brick-and-mortar projects, Borough Planner Gary Norris said. About $233,000 has been set aside for such projects in 2004.

Seven public service program requests came to $122,267 for the $49,000 available for that purpose, Norris said. The council has held two public hearings for presentations on all the requests for funds. A vote to allocate the money is on the March 22 meeting agenda.

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Several requests are from the borough, including $150,000 for street reconstruction on Elder and Oak streets and Burkhart and Conner avenues. Last year the council approved $70,000 for street work.

Another $60,000 was requested for the borough's housing rehabilitation program, $26,500 for curb and sidewalk repairs and $26,500 for curb and sidewalk cuts to make them handicapped accessible. The housing rehabilitation program was allocated $50,000 in 2003, and Norris said at the March 8 council meeting that a number of low- and moderate-income homeowners appear ready to take advantage of the loan program this year.

The Chambersburg Recreation Department put in a request for $25,000 for renovations at the West Washington Street Playground, according to the borough. Downtown Chambersburg Inc. requested $26,500 for electrical upgrades, roof repairs and a new boiler at the Capitol Theatre.

The Chambersburg Hispanic/American Center asked for $37,000 as a second installment for its building at 252-256 S. Main St. The center received the same amount for the building last year, according to the borough.

Maranatha, a nonprofit organization that runs several human-service programs, requested $12,000 to pave its parking lot and $6,000 for interior work on it offices, according to the planning department list.

The Chambersburg YMCA asked for $25,697 to excavate and install an elevator to its basement, according to the borough.

The largest of the public service requests was $41,780 from the Chambersburg Hispanic/American Center for education and assistance programs for the area's growing Hispanic community. The center was allocated $23,000 for programs last year, according to the borough.

Franklin County Legal Services asked for $17,087 for outreach and legal services programs for Hispanic residents, according to the list of requests.

The Boys and Girls Club requested $14,400 to expand programs at the Chambersburg Recreation Center from three to five days a week. The Escape Parent/Child Center asked for $15,000 for child abuse prevention programs, according to the borough.

Building Our Pride in Chambersburg requested $17,000 for youth programs, and the Chambersburg Community Improvement Association requested $10,000 for youth programs, according to the borough. Maranatha requested $7,000 for a family budgeting program, according to the list.

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