ELYSBURG – Rep. Kurt A. Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) announced on Wednesday that the city of Shamokin has been awarded $600,000 through the Department of Communities and Economic Development (DCED) Keystone Communities grant program to cover demolition costs associated with the Shroyer Building project in Shamokin.
The project will include infrastructure, asbestos removal, environmental review and demolition of the Shroyer Building. The site is expected to be turned into housing by the Northumberland County Housing Authority. Housing options are being explored to include up to five homes for physically disabled veterans, senior housing and other affordable housing solutions. Project costs will total nearly $622,000. Funds will be allocated to cover demolition and auditing costs.
“I want to thank the former Mayor of Shamokin Bill Milbrand for actively pursuing funding for the demolition of the Shroyer Building,” Masser said. “Northumberland County Commissioner Sam Scicchitano was also very active in the meetings to get this done. The safety of the neighbors that surround this property remain at the top of my mind throughout this project. I am highly supportive of this grant and project and I look forward to the positive results that are to come. It’s always great when you can put an old and dated property to good use.”
The Shroyer Building once housed a dress company and spans more than a city block in Shamokin, Masser explained. It was left abandoned after the textile industry took a hit by overseas competitors. Since that time, parts of the building collapsed, with debris landing on the streets and power lines. The building was not owned by the city of Shamokin at the time of the collapse, but it responded to the situation by removing debris from the streets and sidewalks and had power restored.
“This is great news for the city of Shamokin and those individuals living in the area of this building" said Senator John Gordner. “Representative Masser has been the driving force behind obtaining these funds in Harrisburg and his dogged persistence has paid off.”
For information about this project, or any other state-related issue, contact Masser’s district office in Elysburg located at 467 Industrial Park Road, by calling 570-648-8017. Information can also be found online at RepMasser.com
Representative Kurt A. Masser
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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