HARRISBURG – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, has announced the City of Lock Haven will receive $269,615 in grant funding through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s 2017 Community Development Block Grant Program.
Hanna said the city will use the funds for street improvements to East Church Street which will include new curbing, sidewalks, trees, grates and ADA compliant handicap ramps. In addition, funds will be used to rehabilitate the Hammermill Playground by removing existing equipment, installing state-of-the-art play structures and rubber safe fall surfaces, installing paved walkways, benches and a bike rack, and constructing handicap accessible picnic tables and a parking area.
The upgrades on Church Street will follow similar improvements on E. Main and Water Streets.
“This funding is crucial to our community, its parks and various recreation facilities,” Hanna said. “The economic improvements we make today will have a lasting impact on younger generations for years to come.”
Upon receipt of the fully executed contract, Lock Haven must complete all applicable program requirements in order to begin the requisition of project funds. Prevailing wage requirements are generally applicable to projects using grant funds toward construction, demolition, reconstruction, alteration, repair work, renovations, build-out and installation of machinery and equipment in excess of $25,000.
The Community Development Block Grant Program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development which provides federal funds to develop viable communities through the provision of modest housing and suitable living environments. Funds are also used to expand economic opportunities geared to low-and moderate-income individuals and to improve infrastructure critical to community health and welfare.