State grants to help fight blight in Hamburg

State grants to help fight blight in Hamburg

HAMBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is giving Hamburg some cash to fight blight in the form of two grants that total more than $196,000.

Most of the money -- $165,724 -- will be used to revitalize a blighted parking lot in the 200 block of Grand Street. The lot will be paved and lines will be added to create 30 parking spaces.

Sidewalks, lights and a bike rack will also be added.

"The parking lot renovation project will be the first major beautification project within the Elm Street corridor of the borough," said Deena Kershner, executive director, Our Town Foundation. "It has been a vacant, blighted property for many years and we hope this is the first of many projects that will be completed within the neighborhood."

The remaining $31,050 will be used to help the Hamburg Strand convert to a digital projection system.

"Receiving support from DCED for the Hamburg Strand Theater was a godsend for Our Town Foundation, the borough, and the community, since the grant will cover one-half of the expenses incurred for converting to a digital format, which will ensure that we can continue showing films in the theater," Kershner said.

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