DCED: State Investments Will Help Milton Public Library Move to Larger, Historic Rose Hill Mansion

Jun 17, 2010, 11:47 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Residents of northern Northumberland County will soon have access to an improved public library now that state and local officials have cut the ribbon on an important expansion project that will also renovate the historic Rose Hill Mansion, the Department of Community and Economic Development said today.

In addition to housing a first-class Milton Public Library, DCED Deputy Secretary Jackie Parker said the new facility will include a community center.

"Projects like this one require many partnerships at the state and local level in order to be successful," said Parker. "Thanks to the coordinated efforts of community leaders, multiple state agencies and elected officials, Milton will have one of the most beautiful, historic and functional public libraries in central Pennsylvania."

Parker said Pennsylvania is investing a $500,000 Growing Greener II grant and a $575,000 Keystone grant in the project.

The new library location represents a significant increase in the library's square footage. In addition to allowing the library to expand its services and programs, the move to the new location will provide more visitor parking, improve accessibility for people with disabilities, and relocate the library out of the flood zone.

The Rose Hill mansion was built in the late 19th century; the Milton Public Library purchased the property in December.

The project has been a priority of Governor Edward G. Rendell and DCED's Community Action Team, which supports community-changing revitalization projects.

For more information on the Growing Greener II program, the Community Action Team, and other innovative DCED programs, visit www.newPA.com, or call 1-866-GO-NEWPA (1-866-466-3972).

Media contact: Luke Webber, 717-783-1132

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development