Resort, medical marijuana facility, theater, extra: State awards initiatives in Cumberland County greater than $Four million mixed

The Porches of Allenberry housing development

Eight large projects in Cumberland, Adams, Perry and Franklin Counties were awarded more than $8 million combined last week.

The grants are part of a long of list of projects across the state that were awarded money for redevelopment though the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The grant program is administered by the State of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget and is for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

Grant money has been awarded from the state through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program since 1986.

In Cumberland County, projects in Upper Allen, Monroe, East Pennsboro and Middlesex townships as well as New Cumberland were awarded more than $4 million combined. Projects in Duncannon, Perry County; Montgomery Township, Franklin County and New Oxford, Adams County were also awarded grant money.

The projects in Cumberland, Adams, Perry and Franklin Counties vary greatly and include a resort, a medical marijuana operation, a healthcare facility, a food bank, a former theater and an egg production facility, among other projects.

All the projects that requested money in Cumberland County received money while one project each in Perry, Adams and Franklin counties didn’t receive money.

Below is a list of projects in Cumberland, Adams, Perry and Franklin counties that requested RACP grant money.

Cumberland County

The Brook model home at the Porches of Allenberry in Boiling Springs.
October 21, 2019.
Dan Gleiter |

Allenberry 2.0 Restoration

Monroe Township

Allenberry Resort & Lodging requested $3,000,000 and was awarded $1,250,000

This project will include:

  • The production of a co-working space designed to target companies and individuals who work remotely.
  • A theater located on the property will be renovated to serve as a place to conduct seminars for companies as well as host a variety of entertainment from live music to ballet.
  • A vacant farm on property will also be refurbished.
  • The transition from single bed hotel rooms to extended stay furnished rentals will occur for several buildings around the property.
  • A variety of amenities will be constructed to accommodate guests of the resort.

Black Lives Matter mural in Harrisburg

Messiah College. July 29, 2020 Sean Simmers |

Columbia Cottage at Messiah University

Rider Musser Development LLC requested $1,350,000 and was awarded $1,250,000.

Upper Allen Township

Columbia Cottage at Messiah University will provide housing, healthcare and support services. Messiah’s academic department and Columbia Cottage at Messiah University plan to establish off-campus practicums and internships designed to prepare graduates to meet the increasing demand for licensed health care professionals that specialize in elder care and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Columbia Cottage will comprise of 62,000 square feet and will have 73 private single story residences. The facility will also include healthcare services and lifestyle amenities such as a café, spa, wellness center, general store, dining, lounges, game rooms and multipurpose areas.

Organic Remedies Grower and Processor Facility

Middlesex Township

Organic Remedies Inc. requested $2,800,000 and was awarded $1,000,000

This project will be constructed on land owned by Toigo Organic Farms, under a long-term lease to Organic Remedies Inc. It will entail the renovation and expansion of existing organic greenhouse facilities to result in a new, medical marijuana grow/processing facility that will enable the production of four to five crops per year. This includes the construction and installation of supplemental LED Lighting; heating system upgrades; ground leveling; humidity control and ventilation; the installation of security – access control systems among a number of other items.

New Hope Ministries

New Hope Ministries will open at this facility in East Pennsboro Township. (Photo provided)

New Hope Ministries Service Sites Expansion and Construction

East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County and Dover, York County

New Hope Ministries Inc. requested $525,638 and was awarded $525,000.

The agency provides emergency food, basic needs, and employment training for low income populations in smaller communities. This multi-site project entails the purchase and renovation of a 4,600-square-foot building in East Pennsboro Township and the purchase and renovation of a 4,500-square-foot building in Dover, York County. Improvements to be made to the East Pennsboro site include construction of ADA accessible entryways and restrooms, a dumbwaiter to move food from the basement warehouse to the upstairs food pantry, creation of a garage door for food entry, and office additions.

The West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland: An inside look

An inside look at the West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland, January 7, 2019.
Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.comPENNLIVE.COM

West Shore Theatre Revitalization

New Cumberland

Friends of the West Shore Theatre Inc. requested and was awarded $650,000.

The West Shore Theatre revitalization project involves substantial renovations to the West Shore Theatre building. Work will include selective demolition, concrete work, masonry, extensive finishing and millwork, plumbing, HVAC and electrical improvements.

Perry County

Clarks Ferry Tavern north

The north side of the Clarks Ferry Tavern in Duncannon shows the historic stone work and two distinct sections of the building that dates to the late 1700s. (Jim T. Ryan photo)

Clark’s Ferry Tavern Restoration


Historical Society of Perry County requested and was awarded $500,000

Built in 1790, the Historic Clarks Ferry Tavern is the oldest structure still standing in town. This facility restoration foresees the creation of a Welcome Center and Living History/Events Center, east and west pavilions and other sitework. RACP funds will be used for construction for the rehabilitation of the building.

Perry County Emergency Management Radio

Perry County requested $1,500,000 but was not awarded any money.

This project will provide emergency service professionals with a modern, reliable public safety radio system. The new system will put all agencies on the same frequency band width and increase radio coverage across the entire county.

Franklin County

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch Expansion

Montgomery Township

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch Inc. requested and was awarded $1,500,000

The planned Herbruck’s development will be Franklin County’s largest concentrated animal feeding operation with 2.4 million hens producing one billion eggs annually. It will comprise of 334 acres and, upon completion, include eight barns, a manure processing facility, and several support buildings. RACP funding will be used to support site preparation activities for Herbruck’s proposed facilities.

Adams County

Berlin Junction Manufacturing Center

Oxford Township

ERY Properties LLC requested and was awarded $2,000,000

The RACP scope includes site preparation activities necessary to ready the Brickyard Road frontage parcels for development.

Gettysburg Station II


TCH Realty & Development Co. LLC requested $700,000 but wasn’t awarded any money.

The Project includes site preparation activities and the construction of an elevated walkway that will connect the existing municipal parking garage to the planned commercial and residential development, including the installation of an elevator. The site work will include the construction of an approximately 115 space parking lot, an outdoor community space, and related site preparation activities to support the proposed mixed-use development.

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