Senator Regan Announces $4.75 Million in RACP Grants to Help Fund Cumberland County Projects

(HARRISBURG, PA) – According to Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland/York) millions of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding is being granted for projects to transform and redevelop areas and create jobs throughout Cumberland County.

Regan explained that 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.

“Today’s approval of $ 4.75 million will have a large impact on Cumberland County and the surrounding area to bolster economic growth and create hundreds of local jobs,” said Regan.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to Representative Barb Gleim who singlehandedly spearheaded the final phase of the Hall of the American Soldier Visitor and Education Center project in Carlisle,” stated Regan. “Barb’s advocacy was vital in helping this project come to fruition.”

The projects receiving funding in Cumberland County are:

Cumberland Historic Properties, Monroe Township, $1.25M

This project will renovate, modernize and redevelop two historic properties located at 2395 Ritner Highway in Carlisle, PA, the Farm House and Rustic Barn, which were both constructed in the early 20th century. Updates to the Farm House will consist of electrical work, insulation, roofing, carpentry, masonry and exterior modernization. The Rustic Barn, which was used until the 1960’s as part of a working farm, will be updated through restoration of the original exterior, insulation, mechanical changes, storage renovations, general carpentry, as well as modern electrical and wiring.

Penn Harris Hotel Redevelopment, East Pennsboro Township, $1M

The Penn Harris Hotel is an historic, full-service hotel located in Camp Hill, PA. The property also offers 30,000 square feet of event space, including a 15,000 square foot ballroom that can accommodate 1,400 people, making it the largest conference center in the County. At this time, the hotel’s Property Improvement Plan (PIP) calls for capital improvements to the exterior and interior of the existing facilities, including construction of façade, roof, HVAC, streetscape, paving, and landscaping intended to transform the property’s exterior spaces.

Removal of Blight and Redevelopment of Carlisle Pike Intersection, Hampden Township, $1M

The project will consolidate four site locations, demolish four structures, and construct one new structure and conduct much needed traffic improvements. Specifically, the addition of a fully functioning middle turn lane onto St Johns Church Road, spanning over 2500 feet, as well as a fully functional right turning lane onto Carlisle Pike is planned. The project will also include additional sidewalk infrastructure for pedestrians.

Organic Remedies Grower and Processor Facility, Middlesex Township, $500K

This project will renovate and expand existing organic greenhouse facilities to produce a state-of-the-art medical marijuana growing/processing facility that will enable the production of 4-5 crops per year. This includes the construction and installation of supplemental LED lighting; electrical installation; heating system upgrades; shade system modification; irrigation system modification; ground leveling; humidity control and ventilation; environmental control system modifications; exterior wall construction to mount air handling units; interior walls to separate growing zones; grow troughs; and the installation of necessary security and access control systems.

Hall of the American Soldier Visitor and Education Center, Dickinson Township, $1M

The project will complete an expansion to the existing Visitors’ Education Center (VEC) facility. The addition will add 30,000 square feet to the existing facility to include: a museum gallery to support exhibits; multipurpose rooms of various sizes for educational programs, special events, and conferences; and a catering kitchen to support events. Construction activities include demolition; sitework & seeding; cast-in-place concrete; masonry; structural steel; rough carpentry; millwork; thermal insulation; roofing & siding; joint sealants; doors/frames/hardware; coiling doors; aluminum & glazing; gypsum board assemblies; ceramic tile; acoustical ceilings; flooring; painting; specialties; equipment; furnishings; fire protection; plumbing; HVAC; electrical.


CONTACT: Bruce McLanahan, (717)-787-8524

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