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Local Leaders Break Ground on Gateway Project at Lycoming College

The Gateway Building will soon connect the college to the city

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) - It's a day to celebrate, as history was made in Lycoming County.

Local leaders and community members officially broke ground on a project, that will open the gates connecting a local institution to its surrounding city.

"These kind of things happen almost once a century in the history of a college and a history of a city," said President of Lycoming College, Kent Trachte.

Nothing but excitement filled the faces of local leaders, alumni and business owners..as they attended the groundbreaking of the Lycoming College Gateway Building.

"It's a first rate institution and so it deserves something like that," said Senator Gene Yaw.

This 12.5 million dollar project will revitalize the whole east end of Williamsport..connecting the college to the city.

"Bringing retail and residences and really making this an exciting and desirable place to live again," said Trachte.

The educational building will serve as a home for alumni, as well as drawing students and faculty to local businesses.

Alumni say this is something that the area has needed for decades...

"A focus point when somebody comes here for the first time it's like wow, this is Lycoming College," said Yaw.

"I love Lycoming College and this is going to be a great project for the college, for the community and for my family the Krapf family," said Chairman of the Krapf Bus Companies, Dale Krapf.

Dale Krapf is one of the lead funders of the Gateway Project, which wil soon be named after him and his brother.

They're helping to make the gateway building not only a center for education, but also for outdoor leadership.

"It's great to do something like this when you're still alive..not do it postmortem," said Krapf.

Those who are a part of the project tell Eyewitness News they're ready for the construction to finally lift off.

The project is supported by a grant through the redevelopment assistance capital program.

 


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