Lancaster City Council awards millions to invest in community

A $5 million allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to invest in community facilities serving Lancaster City residents has been approved by the Lancaster City Council. 

The investment in 11 projects is aimed at supporting public programs, improving quality of life and public health, creating economic opportunity, and promoting equitable outcomes for residents.    

Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace called the investment an opportunity to make transformational investments in our community facilities that will enhance the quality of life for all residents.

“By leveraging ARPA funds to support these projects, we can create modern, accessible, and inclusive spaces that reflect our values and goals,” Sorace said in a statement.  

Following is a list of the allocations:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster - $600,000 to make improvements to their clubhouse spaces. 
  • Bright Side Opportunities Corporation – $500,000 to renovate existing facility. 
  • Church World Service - $250,000 to create a welcome center for refugees. 
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County - $400,000 to renovate Bridge House and Crispus Attucks Center. 
  • Lancaster Public Library - $500,000 for new library construction costs. 
  • Lancaster Recreation Commission - $750,000 for facility expansion to serve recreational and childcare needs. 
  • SACA Development Corporation (Centro Hispano) - $500,000 for renovations to the Hispanic Community Center to provide human services. 
  • SACA Development Corporation (Tec Centro) - $500,000 for renovations to existing facility to provide vocational technical training. 
  • South Ann Concerned Neighbors - $250,000 to build a community hub that will include one affordable housing unit. 
  • Union Community Care - $500,000 to renovate and expand existing facility to create a dental clinic. 
  • Uni-Vision Childcare - $250,000 to renovate existing facility to expand Spanish Immersion Center for early education.

In 2021, $39.5 million in ARPA funding was allotted to the City of Lancaster. Also in 2021, a public engagement process regarding the use of ARPA funds was launched. An interest in improved community services in public health, youth support, parks, and recreation were identified via feed from the community.

In 2022, a $7.4 million allocation of ARPA funds to create and preserve affordable housing was approved by Lancaster City Council.

Lancaster City to invest funds in community facilities

The City of Lancaster looks to invest a portion of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds in community facilities serving Lancaster City residents

Capital projects that support public programs, improve quality of life and public health, create economic opportunity, and promote equitable outcomes for residents will be funded by the investment. 

Sealed proposals will be accepted via the Pennsylvania Electronic Document and Bid Management website, www.pennbid.net, through 11 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2023. 

The City of Lancaster said it is seeking creative, sustainable ideas for projects that enhance community facilities. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • Building or renovation of community health centers, youth centers, libraries, centers for arts and culture, parks and public places   
  • Building or renovating childcare, education, health, and social service facilities. 

ARPA funding in the amount of $39.5 million was allotted to the City of Lancaster in 2021. In September 2021, a public engagement process regarding the use of ARPA funds was launched. 

Community feedback identified a desire for improved community services in areas including public health, youth support, parks and recreation, and more. Community facilities are at the forefront of delivering these services to residents in Lancaster City

The City of Lancaster will offer three virtual Q&A sessions for interested applicants to attend. The sessions are scheduled for Dec. 6 at 11 a.m., Dec. 20 at 1 p.m., and Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. Information on how to join will be posted on PennBid and cityoflancasterpa.com.