Albright Center to Receive State Grant Funding

(SUNBURY) – – The Albright Center in Sunbury will be receiving a state grant of $200,000 to continue the conversion of a church into a regional community and arts center.  The grant was announced today by Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108), who secured the funding in the recently passed state budget.

“This is an important project for the revitalization of downtown Sunbury, and this grant will help keep the project on track,” said Senator Gordner.  “Sunbury Revitalization and the City of Sunbury have done great work to bring this concept to reality.”

Senator Gordner and Representative Schlegel Culver have been strong supporters of the Albright project, helping to obtain $155,000 and $312,000 in Neighborhood Assistance funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in 2014 and 2015, as well as $80,000 in funds from the state Historical and Museum Commission earlier this year.  The legislators also hosted DCED Secretary Dennis Davin in a tour of the Albright this spring.  The $200,000 grant is from DCED.

“Secretary Davin was very impressed with the facility,” said Rep. Schlegel Culver.  “The state is recognizing that it is important to draw people into our downtowns to spur economic activity.”

The Albright United Methodist Church was opened in 1929 at the corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets and served its congregation until 2011, when it merged with another church.  Sunbury Revitalization and the City conceived of the project to convert the classic Greek style building in the historic district into a state-of-the-art regional center, complete with conference facilities, offices, classrooms, a banquet hall and a performing arts facility.

CONTACT:  Todd B. Roup (717)787-8928