Downtown Hanover Applies for Redevelopment Grant Funds

The Downtown Hanover Area once again submitted three Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) Grant applications in the first round of 2018. The projects included in those grants, as laid out below, are to help infuse redevelopment projects with public dollars to make projects viable in our community.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.

The 34 Frederick Street project would entail the redevelopment of this under-utilized property in our core and will create jobs, preserve the architecture, spur further growth, and spark tourism in Hanover. The long-blighted 34 Frederick St. could be an upscale restaurant and 14 upstairs market-rate apartments. The project is shovel-ready and, after RACP, self-sustaining. If funded, 34 Frederick St. could be renovated to bring the building out of blight. The first floor will be completely transformed to house an upscale restaurant highlighting our areas local cuisine, preserving our farm to table roots. The second floor will become 14 market rate housing units, filling the void of housing opportunities in the core of our community. The alley beside the building will be vacated by the Borough to accommodate al fresco seating and exterior beautification of a block that is under-occupied and in desperate need of investment. The success of this project will be a catalyst for redevelopment in our community, showing the promise for the future in downtown Hanover.

Guthrie Memorial Library is a part of the York County Library System (YCL) and a hub of the Hanover community. Without the local library, our community would suffer. This project is requesting funds to repair deficiencies in the property to ensure its ability to remain a community center in Hanover. Many individuals rely on the services provided by the library. Members of the community visit the library to look for work, educate themselves, make social connections, and interact with one another; most importantly the library provides a place for all to be safe and feel welcome. Non-profits and corporate businesses use the library for meeting space. Without it, there would be a void in the fabric of our community. The project proposed in this RACP application would allow the Borough of Hanover to correct water damage that threatens the property’s ability to remain open. Our community needs these repairs to maintain the Guthrie Memorial Library as the community center in Hanover.

The McAllister Property has been in use as a low-income residential facility for over a decade, and due to circumstances beyond our control, the owner is selling the property due to its inability to sustain itself in its current use. We are proposing a project that would renovate the building to include vibrant retail and restaurant space on the first floor in the commercial spaces along with office space on the first and second floor. Combined with market-rate housing or long-term stay housing on the upper floors, for young professionals and the influx of new talent, this building redevelopment will bring a boost of residents and visitors into the downtown, greatly impacting the economy in the Main Street District. The plan for the property is to renovate the entire interior of the building and save as much of the historic exterior as possible. The end goal will be a catalytic and impactful project that spurs additional investment in the downtown area. At this time the property is intended to go to a tax sale auction in October 2018. There is a plan in motion to acquire the building and then begin the pre-construction phase once a business plan is finalized.