FCFP gives $1 Million Dollar grant for revitalization project

Williamsport, Lycoming County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A city in our region is one step closer to revamping its 'old city' thanks to a local grant. 
 
A well known college is the main focus to connect its campus to the downtown. The east side of Williamsport is not thriving like downtown. Thanks to a $1,000,000 grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania it could soon come alive. 
 
You can always find Market Street in downtown Williamsport busy. But go east of that poplar street and you don't find much traffic at all. Lycoming College and River Valley Transit are trying to fix that. 
 
"Members of our community will be even more attractive to the east end with some of the projects that are being considered and imagined," said Chip Edmonds, of Lycoming College. 
 
River Valley transit provided Eyewitness News with a 3-D video a vision for their 'Old City and East Third Street Gateway Revitalization Project.' It would include revamping travel on Third, Basin, and Franklin Street to the college. 
 
"Expanding that work around the college campus and connecting us even more to the east end of Williamsport and ultimately to the downtown," said Edmonds.
 
The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania awarded the two parties a $1,000,000 grant. $500 thousand dollars each. With that the organization opened up a potential $10 million dollars in other grants to assist in the project. 
 
"This project in particular has the potential to improve recreation, and economic development and safety," said Jennifer Wilson, President and CEO of FCFP. 
 
Officials hope this project will bring new businesses to the old city. 
 
"We believe that will be much to draw students there but also the community and so, it enriches the entire area," said Edmonds. 
 
The latest project to be completed in Williamsport is the Trade and Transit II Centre on the West Side. 
 
Officials tell Eyewitness News the project is slated to be finished in 2019. But the cost and when it will start is unknown at this time. 

 


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