Last week, the Borough received official notice that it is the recipient of nearly $90,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which will be used to improve Burkart Hall and the Administrative Office.
The main goal of the grant is to make it easier and safer to travel between the two buildings. Specifically, the grant will pay to repair the existing sidewalk at both buildings, put in new railings on the sidewalk (where needed), install striping and signage on Keeley Ave to create a pedestrian crosswalk, pave the Administrative Office parking lot, and install stormwater management facilities.
This work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The only match required was the Borough Engineer’s time to oversee the project, estimated at $10,000, which will not be a new expense.
The Borough previously received CDBG funding to make Burkart Hall compliant with federal disability regulations, and included installation of an elevator, new set of stairs, an upstairs bathroom and other general improvements.