In downtown Newville, a former bank and a Lutheran Church are being developed into a mixed-use commercial and residential project. The Cumberland/Perry Housing and Community Partnership received $460,000 from the Department of Community and Economic Development toward this project, which will help fund the $1.75 million renovation. The project will feature commercial space on the first floor and nine apartments on the upper two floors. The idea behind projects like this is to increase foot traffic in the downtown business district and add to the tax base.
In Carlisle, the Cumberland/Perry Housing and Community Partnership received $248,000 from the DCED toward a $400,000 renovation project in the 100 block of High Street. This project will also feature first floor commercial space and upper floor residential space. Carlisle has undertaken a project to reduce traffic in the downtown by making streets one-way and adding bike lanes. The hope is to create a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere. Carlisle is a walkable community and these improvements should help attract downtown residents.
The DECD’s Housing and Redevelopment Assistance Program has received zero funding in the proposed 2011-2012 budget.