(HARRISBURG) – The City of Shamokin, Northumberland County has been awarded a $200,000 grant, through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for improvements to the American Legion Building, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Kurt A. Masser (R-107).
The building is the home of the public library, a museum/model railroad club and a youth basketball league. The electrical and plumbing systems within the building have deteriorated and will need to be overhauled or it will have to shut its doors in the near future.
“I am pleased that DCED provided these essential funds to the City of Shamokin,” said Senator Gordner. “A major component of its Act 47 plan is to obtain funds to renovate the American Legion building, which will make it a cornerstone for redevelopment in the downtown area.”
“This building has been a downtown landmark since 1922,” said Representative Masser. “I am excited to see it begin to be restored to its original glory.”
The funds are made available through the Keystone Communities Program and administered by DCED. The program is designed to support local initiatives that revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods and communities and encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors within the community.
Mike Stephens (717) 787-8928 (Senator Gordner)
Krisinda Corbin (717) 705-2032 (Representative Masser)