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City to seek $1.48 million state grant for ‘Gateway’

More of the East Third Street Old City Gateway project might be able to get done outside of Lycoming College should a $1.48 million grant application be approved by the state.

City Council approved the administration’s request for the multi-modal grant administered through the Commonwealth Finanancing Authority.

The grant would pay for reconstruction/paving of East Fourth Street between Basin and Mulberry streets and sidewalk and streetscape — including lights — on Campbell Street between West Third and West Fourth streets, said Jon Sander, city engineer.

The city is having one of its consulting firms, Delta Development, assist in the grant acquisition.

The grant does not require a match, Sander said.

Councilwoman Liz Miele noted that the city already has received a “fair amount” of state and federal grants and money for the redevelopment in the Gateway and asked Sander if a Delta representative had any inkling of whether the city had a good chance at receiving all or a large part of the grant requested.

Sander said the consultant did not get back with him on that question that Miele originally asked this week at the finance committee meeting.

The city might receive word on whether it received the grant in November, Sander said.

The project has components involving the state Department of Transportation.

The work, should the schedule not be changed, might include design of the reconstructed street in 2022. The next phase of planned reconstruction on East Fourth Street will be the area between Basin and Penn streets, Sander said.

Miele said anytime a grant does not require a match it is a “win win” and a “no brainer.”

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