Board of Public Works approvals in December

Exciting news for Western Maryland! On Wednesday, December 13, 2023, the Board of Public Works approved several critical projects including…

A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $2,820,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program which finances rental housing that will be occupied by individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income. The loan will be made to JFK Apartments, LP to assist in the rehabilitation of a 100-unit general occupancy rental community located at 135 N. Mechanic Street, Cumberland. The project will offer a mix of affordable studio and one-bedroom floorplans targeting low-income households earning between 30 and 60 percent of the Area Median Income.

A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $152,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding to repair and resurface the exterior walls and interior surface of the Borden Tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage Rail Trail

District 1C: A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $796,708 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Town of Hancock for its’ Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Upgrade project. This will consolidate the existing Hancock WWTP and the Lanco WWTP, eliminating the discharge point at the Lanco Facility. The project is expected to reduce nutrients to Tonoloway Creek and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. This Board action is for the cost of engineering services related to the design of this new facility.

For more information, please give Sen. McKay’s Senate office a call at (410) 841-3565.