Wilkes-Barre to sponsor grant applications for King’s College projects

By Jerry Lynott - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — King’s College is asking for help from the city to secure funds for three projects worth an estimated total of $18 million.

The projects would use a combination of state grants and school funds, a King’s official said Monday night at city council’s work session.

“There is no money from the city on any of these projects,” added city Administrator Ted Wampole. The municipality that’s home to the projects has to sign off on them in order to be eligible for the grants, Wampole said.

Council will be asked to approve resolutions regarding the funding at its public meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

King’s plans to apply for a Multimodal Transportation Fund fund grant worth $3 million for a neighborhood improvement project in the area of West North and North Franklin streets. The school would contribute $1.5 million.

In addition, the school will apply for two separate Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants. It’s asking for $2 million for the Springbrook Engineering building on North Franklin Street and would make up the remaining $4 million on its own. Another $1.5 million will be sought for the former Times Leader building on North Main Street. The school would provide approximately $6.5 million to make up the difference for the project designed to create “state-of-the-art academic space” for its Allied Health Programs.

Other items on the agenda for the upcoming meeting include:

• Installation of a sign and the use of the sidewalk for outdoor seating by Pour Coffee House LLC at 53 N. Main St.

• Temporary suspension of the city Code of Ordinances pertaining to the open consumption of alcoholic beverages to permit wine tasting at the Farmers Market that runs from June 21 through Nov. 15 on Public Square and for the Osterhout Free Library’s Rooftop Party fundraiser on Aug. 3 at the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Facility.

• Satisfying a municipal lien filed against 37-39 Division St.

• Appointment of Vaugh Koter of Irving Place to fill an open seat on the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority.

• Entering into a lease agreement with Rockmar LLC for a property at 311 S. Hancock St.

• Amending the city ‘s Code of Ordinances in order to decriminalize delinquent parking tickets so they can be paid at City Hall at a kiosk provided by vendor Kelley Ryan Parking of Hopedale, Mass., that was awarded a one-year contract for parking enforcement software.

• Adoption of the 2018 Action Plan for use of $1,526,978 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

• Submission of project documents for a $120,000 state Department of Education Keystone Grant for windows, flooring and roof improvements at the Osterhout Free Library on South Franklin Street pending approval of an application.

• Acceptance of state Department of Health grants, $117,791 for immunization and $184,694 for public health preparedness services.

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By Jerry Lynott

[email protected]

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.