Borough, YMCA among grant seekers

March 27, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Requests for Community Development Block Grant funding usually far exceed the amount of money available, but requests for 2007 are relatively close to the $262,610 that Chambersburg is slated to receive this year.

The nine requests for public facilities and improvements, public services and housing programs come to $281,105, according to the applications received by the borough. The requests were reviewed Monday night at a public hearing during the Borough Council meeting.

Five requests for public facilities and improvements, three of them from the borough, total $211,939. The borough is asking the council to approve $75,000 for curb ramps in the Fourth Ward to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The borough administration is asking $50,000 for a grant program to assist low and moderate income homeowners to replace, repair or install sidewalks and curbs. Another $50,000 is being requested by the borough to match a $150,000 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant for renovations to the Mike Waters Park on South Second Street, according to the applications list.


Pregnancy Ministries Inc. is requesting $21,939 to replace the roof of its building at 338 Lincoln Way East. Downtown Chambersburg Inc. is asking for $15,000 toward dressing room interior and code renovations at the Capitol Theatre, along with sealing the exterior brick.

There are public service program requests, including an application by Franklin County Legal Services for $20,166 for the fourth year of funding a paralegal's salary to continue outreach and legal assistance to the Hispanic community.

The Chambersburg YMCA is asking for $5,000 for what it calls the Youth Achievers Program. The program would provide college preparatory and leadership training for low- and middle-income students.

Under housing requests, PIRHL Developers is asking for $30,000 in first-year assistance for Chambersburg Family Townhomes, a 40-unit development on Buchanan Street. Habitat for Humanity is requesting $14,000 to go toward the purchase of two single-family dwelling lots on Candlestick Court, according to the applications list.

The borough's Community Development Block Grant allocation is about $4,400 less than in 2006, according to borough figures.

The borough council will hold a second public hearing and adopt a resolution allocating the funds at its April 9 meeting, Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said.

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