The state has awarded $3 million in grants to Lebanon County firms as part of its 2022 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

The program, operated by the state’s Office of the Budget, targets the “acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects,” according to its official website.

In this round of funding, local applicants sought about $9 million in grant aid. That total amount sought was down significantly from the 2021 application cycle, when more than $20 million in grant aid was sought – about half of that stemming from an ultimately-unfunded application by the City of Lebanon for its City Hall and multimodal transportation center projects.

The City of Lebanon did not apply in the 2022 funding cycle.

Read More: State awards nearly $4 million in redevelopment grants to county firms

This year, three local applications were submitted (including two repeat applicants), and all three will receive some level of funding

Lebanon Valley College was awarded $1.25 million, about 38% of what it requested, towards the construction of a new facility for the college’s upstart nursing program. Last year, the college received $1.1 million in RACP funding for the nursing program. Ground was broken on the facility in May 2022.

Read More: LVC breaks ground on building, set to welcome first class of nursing students

Lebanon-based medical marijuana grower/processor Whole Plants Health was awarded $1.25 million, or approximately 27% of its request, for various physical plant upgrades including two additional grow rooms and an expanded workspace for trimming and packaging. Whole Plants Health received $2.5 million for construction of the company’s facilities in the former Cocoa Mulch Plant building in the 2021 RACP funding cycle.

Springwood Development Partners received $500,000, or 40% of its total request, for a project that “connects two phases of a construction project to an existing commercial site and at the end of the project the road is handed off to North Cornwall Borough” – an apparent reference to a planned connector road between Route 72 and Cornwall Road to link up Byler Holdings’ developments in the area.

See a full list of award information for the local 2022 grants below. Find the list of 2022 grants for all Pennsylvania counties here (Excel file).

Project NameBeneficiary of Prospective AwardCountyMunicipalityGrant Amount REQUESTEDGrant Amount AWARDEDBrief Project Description
LVC Nursing and Interdisciplinary Health Education Facility IIILebanon Valley CollegeLebanonAnnville Township$3,300,000$1,250,000The project will construct anew facility for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program and other, new nursing and health programs. The building will contain multiple teaching spaces, including simulation labs, skills labs w/associated exam spaces, three classrooms, a wet lab, and a home health simulation area. Faculty areas include private and open offices, meeting rooms, study areas, and support spaces.
North Cornwall CommonsSpringwood Development PartnersLebanonNorth Cornwall Township$1,250,000$500,000This project connects two phases of a construction project to an existing commercial site and at the end of the project the road is handed off to North Cornwall Borough. Project activities include: site planning, excavation, removal of top soil and debris; installation of water and sewer and electricity; all paving and concrete of curbs and sidewalks; construction of pubic street; red light, and associated stormwater management facilities.
Whole Plants Health Expansion Phase IIWhole PlantsLebanonLebanon City$4,594,000$1,250,000Any funds awarded to this project will support the construction of two additional grow rooms, expanded workspace that will create additional capacity for trimming and packaging staff, an employee entrance with one-way “clean room” – including gowning and locker rooms, an employee break area with necessary facilities. Additional physical improvements include the creation of two additional dry rooms, an expanded vault, and loading dock facility.
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