Old City section continues gaining development momentum

The momentum to develop “Old City”, the part of Williamsport east of Market Street, continues.

City Council last week accepted a $25,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to go into a comprehensive planning effort to revitalize Old City.

The grant follows recent support of $25,000 from Lycoming College, an occupant in the development area. And the college support will likely go far beyond the dollars.

Perhaps more significantly than even the money is the recent formation of the East Third Street Gateway Revitalization Commission, which will look at improvements in the east and north parts of the city.

Several agencies and stakeholders are looking at reinvestment in the area.

Threaded through all these interests are local business people who have pragmatic ideas on how the east end of the city can be brought to life. When the public and private sectors have a comfortable relationship regarding an idea, that’s usually when good things happen.

We have every confidence that will happen for the east end.

It’s time. Much of the city’s downtown west of Market Street has shown extensive development in recent years and more is planned in the future.

But the east end has exciting potential, with parcels waiting to be developed right next to the Beltway and possible business hubs farther north toward Washington Boulevard.

We look forward to the results of a full study of this area’s development potential.