Gateway updates set for City Council

Better intersections and crosswalks. A new southern entrance to Lycoming College. A rehabilitated neighborhood east of Market Street.

City Council is expected to discuss these positive attributes of a city under revision tonight as it reviews a $5.2 million construction contract of the East Third Street Old City Gateway project.

Among the anticipated guests are consultants with Delta Development, Larson Design Group and Dr. Kent C. Trachte, president of Lycoming College, said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director and general manager of River Valley Transit.

The streetscape, crosswalk and sidewalk improvements are meant to be a catalyst for other development in the area east of Market Street, near the college and surrounding neighborhoods, Nichols said.

The secured funding through 10 grants means the city doesn’t have to pay for the construction, he said.

Other agenda items may include:

• The Williamsport Heart and Soul project officials presenting findings and update individuals to a citywide litter cleanup.

• Administration proposing an application for a $250,000 Greenways, Trailways and Recreation grant with the Commonwealth Financing Authority to go toward a children’s playground at Memorial Park. The grant requires a 15 percent city match of $37,500.

• Discussion with Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce on proposed property acquisition.

• Request by Barry Eck and Suscon for lot addition and consolidation at Railway and East Third streets.

• Real estate reduction of Weis Markets.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at council chambers, 245 W. Fourth St.