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Harrisburg, December 22, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that over $1.5 million in state grant funding has been awarded to Wilkes University and King’s College. 

Wilkes University will receive $1 million to upgrade their pharmacy facilities to allow Wilkes University the ability to deliver a 21st century educational experience for their pharmacy program. Renovations will be made to the Stark Learning Center, including new classrooms, new observation rooms, lab renovations, and a new pharmacy call center.

King’s College will receive $500,000 for renovations to the former Spring Brook Water Supply Company. The building will be used to house their Civil and Mechanical Engineering programs. Renovations will include six laboratories, four large multi-use classrooms, student study areas, and faculty offices.

“Wilkes University and King’s College have been great partners in the renaissance of downtown Wilkes-Barre, advancing a public-private partnership concept that is strengthening their educational institutions and helping set the stage for job growth in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak.

In addition to the projects funded for Wilkes University and King’s College, the Waterfront Management Group, LLC received $500,000 for a mixed use complete rehabilitation of a warehouse creating 27 market rate apartments, a food court, retail space, and a business incubator in Pittston City.

“The Luzerne County legislative delegation, both Democrat and Republican, continue to work together to fight for public funding that leverages private sector investments in our communities and in regional economic growth,” said Senator Yudichak.

The grants are administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of the Budget. Senator Lisa Baker, Senator John Blake, Senator John Gordner, Representative Karen Boback, Representative Tarah Toohil, Representative Gerald Mullery, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Representative Mike Carroll, and Representative Aaron Kaufer also assisted with securing funding for these projects in Luzerne County.