Grant to aid work on York County history center

//March 28, 2019

Grant to aid work on York County history center

//March 28, 2019


The former Metropolitan-Edison Steam Generating Plant at N. Pershing Ave. and W. Philadelphia St. in York will be transformed in the York County History Center.

The York County History Center has received a $652,053 grant to aid in improving infrastructure on and around its new site in downtown York.

The grant came from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which is part of the Department of Economic and Community Development, according to press releases from state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and state Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York).

The history center will be occupying the former Met-Ed steam plant on the corner of West Philadelphia Street and North Pershing Avenue in York.

The grant funding will be used for traffic and pedestrian improvements, utility relocations and streetscape improvements, according to a news release. The total cost of the infrastructure improvement project is $950,015.

“I’m grateful that the history center applied for this grant and that the CFA saw the merits throughout this competitive grant application process. This will turn a blighted property into a community beacon to be enjoyed by generations in the years to come,” Phillips-Hill said in a news release.

The relocation project will consolidate the history center’s 10 locations in downtown York and save an estimated $12 million in deferred maintenance costs at the existing sites, according to the history center’s website. The total cost of the project is $20 million, according to the site.

The new history center will be located a block away from the Colonial Complex, which includes the Golden Plough Tavern, General Horatio Gates House and the Colonial Court House.

A representative from the York County History Center could not be reached for comment.