It’s official: City, college are partners for Gateway project

Memorandums of understanding tend to be agreements between public entities that already are foregone conclusions. But the one approved between Williamsport City Council and Lycoming College recently is worth spotlighting.

Council adopted a formal agreement on reinvesting in the college neighborhood otherwise called Old City. The agreement came as 80 percent of the $25 million required for work on East Third Street and the new Gateway Project at the college has been secured.

The end result of the work will be a dramatic physical change to the commercial district in the city’s East End. It will create a new entrance to Lycoming College, visually joining the school with the city’s business sector.

After years of pipedreams and false hopes, it’s worth pointing out an agreement that signifies real development.