Federal funds are sought for the Gettysburg station project Local news

A request for federal funding has been filed, but the future of the vacant land adjacent to the Gettysburg municipal garage remains uncertain.

U.S. MP John Joyce, R-13, has submitted a $ 900,000 request to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for consideration “as a first step” toward drafting an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022, according to the House of Representatives website. The committee asked representatives to ask for money for projects in their districts.

For the Gettysburg station, located behind the Gettysburg transit center on Carlisle Street, “the funding will be used to turn the now vacant lot into tax-generating property, restoring it for productive economic use,” Joyce said in a letter to the commission. April 28.

Adams County Economic Alliance (ACEA) President Robin Fitzpatick said she met with Joyce when he was in the county last week. The Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) owns a plot of about two acres and will receive funding if it is eventually approved. ACIDA is part of ACEA.

Fitzpatyk said the GMS Solutions grant consulting firm, with which the county has a long and successful relationship, has identified the possibility of a grant request.

However, “there is absolutely no guarantee” that funding will be received, she said on Wednesday.

The need is obvious, Fitzpatyk said. She said site preparation “beyond what the developer will do” is required because the underground infrastructure and conditions are not entirely specific due to several previous uses of the site.

Federal dollars will not be the first public funds allocated to the site. For example, Fitzpatyk said a $ 330,000 government grant to continue the Gettysburg Inner Loop bike path through the site helps make it attractive for development.

Several unsuccessful attempts to develop the site continued many years ago. Most recently, district and county officials worked with developer Timothy Harrison of Staten Island, New York.

Harrison signed a purchase agreement in 2018. The ACIDA board extended the terms in 2019 and 2020, but made it clear that last year’s extension was the last. It ends July 1, Fitzpatyk said.

Harrison has worked to develop multifunctional uses, potentially, including residential, commercial and hotel. However, according to him, in November last year, the coronavirus pandemic posed many problems.

But Harrison is not out of focus. Fitzpaty said the local commercial company has expressed interest in potentially “jointly posting” the project on the site in conjunction with Harrison’s.

“It seems like it’s getting closer,” but nothing is certain, Fitzpatyk said.

Harrison “wants to organize a good project for the community,” she said.

If Harrison is unable to move forward by July 1, Fitzpatrick said local organizations have expressed interest in the site.

The site, identified together as 108 N. Stratton St., is located one block north of Lincoln Square north of the historic Lincoln Railway Station and the CSX Railway Line.

The project has undergone several iterations since the initial reconstruction began in 2001.

In 2006, the district created the Gettysburg Economic Development Corporation to seize opportunities for what was then known as the District Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDDI) project. The corporation was unable to sell the property to the developer and failed to repay the loan, leading to foreclosure.

ACIDA acquired the property from ACNB Bank on April 30, 2013 for $ 1.3 million and began the process of obtaining permits to obtain the necessary approvals from state and local authorities for the demolition of existing buildings and site readiness.

According to Fitzpatrick, Harrison has offered $ 1 million for land in 2018.

In December 2018, the divided Gettysburg District Council gave final action to allow the construction of structures up to 72 feet high, as well as another 12 feet for “mechanical” roofs such as ventilation units. The limit was 45 feet.

The decision was preceded by months of controversy, including much public attention. Discussions focused on the desire for economic development to increase the property tax base and concerns about the impact of taller buildings on the historic appearance of the area.

The district has also made changes to parking and other rules to make the site more attractive to developers.

In 2018, the district, Adams County and Gettysburg School District adopted property tax benefits for this site.

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