Wolf Administration Celebrates Groundbreaking of Revitalization Project Linking Lycoming College Campus to Downtown
Multi-Phase RACP Project Will Link Campus to Surrounding Neighborhoods
Williamsport, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders, college officials, and alumni in breaking ground on the Lycoming College Gateway Building, the first phase of a long-term project to create a stronger link between the college’s campus and the City of Williamsport.
“The City of Williamsport has already seen tremendous revitalization during the last few years, and this project will further that economic growth in a neighborhood that has seen its share of struggles over the years,” said Secretary Davin. “The Wolf Administration is proud to be a supporter of a project that not only provides more academic space, it builds the local economy in an organic way by making existing businesses more accessible.”
The 31,250 square-foot Lycoming College Gateway Building will house numerous academic and recreational activities for students while serving as the centerpiece of a connecting corridor that will eventually link the college to Williamsport’s riverfront amenities. As the first phase of this multi-year project, the Gateway Building will increase the permeability of the campus’s eastern edge by moving the college’s main entrance to face the Old City neighborhood. By drawing students outward into the surrounding neighborhood, the college hopes to positively impact the small businesses located in the city’s East End. The area is being targeted for revitalization by the strategic plan jointly developed by the college and city due to its gradual decline over many years.
“I am excited for the revitalization of the area near campus, which will forge deeper connections between the college and the city,” said Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College. “We are excited and confident that this project will leverage even greater support for the revitalization of this part of the city of Williamsport.”
Most of the funding for the $10.6 million Gateway Building was raised through private donations. The Wolf Administration provided $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding for this phase of the project.
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