Gebhard Announces More Than $7.4 Million in Grants for 48th District

HARRISBURG – Senator Chris Gebhard (R-48) announced that more than $7.4 million in six Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants were awarded to the district:

  • $2.5 million to construct the Hamilton Health Center in Steelton Borough, Dauphin County. The construction will include medical exam rooms, administrative offices and clinical spaces to support Hamilton Health’s primary care, mental health, substance abuse and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program services. 
  • $2.5 million will be used for the construction and renovation of the former Cocoa Mulch Plant building in Lebanon by Whole Plants Health. This refurbishment will add to the already existing facility’s grow and processing space.  Once completed, this project is expected to add over 100 new jobs in the city of Lebanon.
  • $1.1 million for the construction of Lebanon Valley College’s Nursing and Interdisciplinary Health Education Facility in Annville Township, Lebanon County. This program will help address the critical shortage of qualified nurses in the central Pennsylvania area.  The new Nursing building will contain multiple teaching spaces, including five simulation labs, two skills labs with associated exam spaces, three classrooms and a wet lab.  The faculty area will include private and open office spaces for more than 14 faculty and staff.  Meeting rooms, study areas and support spaces will complete the facility.
  • $600,000 for the construction of a new Fire and Police Safety Building for Swatara Township, Dauphin County. The project will construct two facilities at the Eisenhower Boulevard site, one facility for the Public Safety Department and a support structure for the Highway Department.  Funds will also be used to renovate the existing municipal building.
  • $419,032 for demolition, abatement and renovation associated with the Bio-Behavioral Research and Education Clinical Care Center at Penn State University-Harrisburg in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County. The new interior spaces will include: patient reception/waiting areas, individual and group therapy rooms, classrooms, and an audiology chamber
  • $300,000 was awarded to Prairie Fire Farms Foundation to demolish and rebuild a 35-stall barn in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County. The overhaul includes new plumbing and electrical, 35 news stalls, equine rehabilitation area and other facilities to become completely ADA compliant.

“I am pleased that I was able to play a role in returning these tax dollars to our district where these projects will benefit all the citizens of the Commonwealth.”  “Each of these projects will have a tremendously positive impact in their communities.”  Senator Gebhard stated “[He] was particularly excited to see these funds will be used to improve access to medical care and health care education to more effectively prepare future health care providers. These grants are truly an investment in our own health.”

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 state-funded and cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.


CONTACT: Christian Brightbill, 717-787-5708

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