Wolf Administration Announces New Housing Project in Bloomsburg to Assist Flood Victims
Bloomsburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary Rick Vilello was joined by Sen. John Gordner, Rep. Dave Millard, and other local leaders to announce a new multi-phase, mixed-use residential and commercial development in Bloomsburg. The project will create new, flood-resilient housing for residents, many of whom found their homes damaged or destroyed by flooding. DCED secured $5 million of federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding for the project.
“Bloomsburg has seen tough times due to flooding, but this project is a source of hope for many who found their homes damaged or destroyed and gives them the opportunity to find new housing,” Vilello said. “The Wolf Administration has targeted flood protection and community revitalization as a key goal for communities like Bloomsburg all across the commonwealth. This project will not only help flood victims, it will create unique vibrancy in one of Bloomsburg’s core neighborhoods.”
While most of the development work in Bloomsburg currently revolves around student housing, Silk Mills is a multi-phase project that will revolve around families and individuals of mixed ages and incomes, with mixed uses for commercial, office, and retail to create the only community of its kind in Columbia County. The $5 million in funding will support Phase Two of the Silk Mills project, which includes the construction of 64 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Two of these units will be designated at or below 50 percent of the area median income (AMI), and 31 units will be designated at or below 80 percent of AMI. Additionally, the site in which this project is located is protected from the threat of future flooding and provides an opportunity for residents who have lost their homes to recent flooding to move into safe, flood-protected housing.
This project is just one of the ways in which the Wolf Administration is assisting Bloomsburg with flooding. In May of this year, DCED Secretary Dennis Davin announced the approval of funding to support a comprehensive flood protection project for the town of Bloomsburg. That announcement came after years of the administration working with the community to secure funding to enable the project to begin, and is the first recent, major flood protection project focused specifically on protecting residents.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132