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Commissioners to discuss community’s first ARPA funding requests on Tuesday

Lancaster County Government Center, 150 N. Queen St. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)

Lancaster County has received requests for American Rescue Plan Act funds totaling just over $35 million, according to a list included with the agenda for the county commissioners’ Tuesday work session.

The 29 requests received to date encompass a wide variety of objectives, according to the agenda materials. They include projects addressing housing, water and sewer infrastructure, job training and the environment. (See list at the bottom of this article.)

The amounts being sought range from a low of $47,500, requested by Pequea Township for stormwater upgrades on Linestown Road and Clearview Road, to a high of $6 million, requested for Landis Place on Doe Run, a proposed 180-unit mixed-use development that would have up to 36 units reserved for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The agenda includes a preliminary discussion of the applications as part of Tuesday morning’s work session. No action is scheduled. Allocations cannot be made without an official vote; no such vote is slated this week.

The commissioners finalized the process for seeking ARPA funds in mid-April. They have said the money should go toward “one-time projects that will be transformational and benefit the taxpayers of Lancaster County.”

The $35.6 million that the applicants are seeking amounts to 40% of the county’s remaining $88.9 million in ARPA funds. However, it is not clear how much of the county’s funds will be available for third-party use. The commissioners have emphasized that the county will prioritize its own projects this time around, given that it put municipal and community needs over its own when it distributed its CARES Act funding.

The first application period ends Aug. 31. At least one more round of applications is expected after that. All ARPA funds must be allocated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026.

Lancaster County: Community ARPA funding requests

OrganizationProjectAmount Requested
Upward Broadband Increase capacity for 22 towers$2,256,923
Commercial/nonprofit hybrid
Landis Quality Living | Benchmark Real EstateAffordable housing: Landis Place on Doe Run$6,000,000
Fire companies
Conestoga Fire Co. New air tanks $93,592
Lafayette Fire Co. Radio replacement $245,000
Lancaster Township Fire Dept. New fire station $680,000
Mastersonville Fire Co.New medical response vehicle $67,506
Governments & related entities
Denver Borough Water treatment plant rehab & streambank restoration $87,048
East Cocalico Township New police vehicles $172,066
East Cocalico Township Authority Sewer rehab & water main replacement $3,331,500
East Cocalico Township Authority Water treatment plant upgrades $461,000
Lancaster County Conservation District Stream pollutant reduction $4,619,190
Martic Township
Enola Low Grade Rail Trail crossing $119,500
Paradise Township Sewer plant upgrade $500,000
Pequea Township
Stormwater upgrades to two roads $47,500
Quarryville Borough Water main replacement $300,000
Strasburg Borough

Stormwater and lead mitigation $4,248,000
Suburban Lancaster Sewer Authority Stream restoration $1,580,000
Weaverland Valley Authority Water well $539,564
West Cocalico Township Authority
Wastewater treatment plant $944,299
West Lampeter Township Sidewalk at Village Road $443,848
Community First Fund New financial development center$2,000,000
Faith Friendship Ministries
Personal care home repairs & employee recruitment $285,000
Good Neighbors Low-income housing repairs $80,000
Lancaster Conservancy
Acquisition of Speedwell Forge & Conewago Creek properties $1,319,000
Lancaster Farmland Trust Conservation project on Miller family farm $223,636
Real Life Community Services Low income housing$189,815
Schreiber Pediatric Center HVAC for therapy center$1,243,500
Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) Tec Centro renovation$1,000,000
YWCA Lancaster Affordable housing, sexual assault prevention center$2,500,000
TOTAL$35.58 million