Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Renovate Vacant Commercial Space in Lancaster with a Thrift Store and Grocery

first_img March 10, 2020 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release New retail store will provide jobs for people facing barriers to workGovernor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a $5 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) transaction to renovate a vacant commercial building in Lancaster creating a combination thrift and grocery store. The new retail shop plans to open this year.The 27,000-square-foot retail space, located at 515 N. Franklin St., will be known as Treasures Market, and it aims to provide affordable merchandise and fresh food in a section of Lancaster that currently lacks access to these items. The store will offer discounted groceries, furniture, clothing and other retail items made available from closeouts and donations. Additionally, Treasures Market will provide jobs for low-income people and for those facing barriers to employment.“This new store will be a welcome sight for surrounding communities in Lancaster County,” said Governor Wolf. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified three ‘food deserts’ in nearby areas that now will have access to fresh groceries that currently aren’t available. Closer proximity to more nutritious food will improve the quality of life for people there.”Treasures Market is expected to serve more than 31,000 people living within a one-mile radius of the store. About 61 percent of these people are considered low-income and 44 percent have low access to food, based on economic mapping data. The area served by the new store has an unemployment rate 2.33 times the national average.The new market will be jointly run by a subsidiary of the Treasures of Hope Foundation, known as Treasures Markets, and by the Water Street Mission. Treasures Markets will manage the day-to-day operation of the store. The Water Street Mission will facilitate the placement of low-income people and others facing barriers to work for employment at the market. Treasures Markets will distribute a portion of its profits to the mission in support of its work within the community.“The market’s customers and its employees will all benefit from the creation of this new store,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “People who weren’t able to find employment elsewhere will get the training and jobs they need to get work experience and become more self-reliant.”This project is expected to create 10 temporary, full-time construction jobs. Following renovation of the building, the project is expected to support 40 employees with an average starting wage of $12.33 an hour, or $25,646 a year. Based on the educational requirements of the new jobs, it’s estimated that 92 percent of these positions, or 37 jobs, will be accessible to low-income people.Treasures Markets will begin outreach efforts to hire people facing barriers to employment, including homelessness, disabilities, prior incarceration and long-term unemployment. These employees will receive career training and opportunities for advancement.About Treasures of Hope Foundation and Treasures MarketsThe Treasures of Hope Foundation is a nonprofit that serves Lancaster via community outreach efforts. Through the profits from its Treasures Markets subsidiary, and from grants and donations, the foundation will generate positive community impacts by making contributions to food banks, homeless shelters and other community service organizations. Treasures Markets was created to manage the operation of the planned Treasures Market retail stores. Its board members include members of the Water Street Mission and people with significant retail management experience.About Water Street MissionThe Water Street Mission is a nonprofit that serves the city and county of Lancaster. Founded in 1905, it provides low-income people with services including clothing, food, spiritual support, health services, dental care and career counseling. It provides more than 170 homeless people with shelter on a nightly basis. The programs overseen by the Water Street Mission are made possible by the work of more than 5,000 volunteers who donate more than 72,000 hours of community service each year.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Mill 19 at Almono in Pittsburgh, the Susquehanna Health Innovation Center in Williamsport and Eastern Tower in Philadelphia. Learn more at: the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. 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Scott Peterson’s Attorneys Appeal His Death Sentence

first_img(San Francisco, CA) — The appellate attorney’s for convicted killer Scott Peterson want his death sentence overturned. Peterson still sits on California’s death row after being convicted of killing his wife, Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner, in 2005.During a virtual hearing before the California Supreme Court yesterday, attorneys argued media coverage tainted the jury. An attorney for the prosecution argued the case was very clear. court will return a judgment soon. Peterson has been on California’s Death Row at San Quentin prison since 2005 after being found guilty for the 2004 murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner.The last execution in California occurred Jan. 17, 2006, when Clarence Ray Allen, 76, was put to death. No executions have been carried out since.As of March 2019, further executions are halted by an official moratorium ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom.last_img read more

Badgers use size to steamroll Lions

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoSTATE COLLEGE, Penn. — It wasn’t the prettiest of victories, and it wasn’t the most conventional by any means, but the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team picked up its first road win in more than a month Saturday afternoon with an 82-62 bulldozing of Penn State at Bryce Jordan Arena.And what a bulldozing it was. Sophomore Brian Butch bruised his way to 23 points and 12 rebounds, both career-highs, and UW outscored Penn State by an astounding 28-2 in the paint during the second half, helping the Badgers shoot 50 percent from the field. All of this despite limited production from leading scorer Alando Tucker, who spent most of the game in foul trouble.”We knew coming in we had an advantage height-wise, so we just tried to capitalize on that,” junior forward Jason Chappell said of the Nittany Lion squad, which only sported one player taller than 6-foot-6 who saw more than four minutes on the court.For Wisconsin (17-7, 7-4 Big Ten), the triumph marked the first road victory since squeaking out a 64-62 victory over Minnesota on Jan. 10. It was the team’s sixth victory over Penn State (11-11, 3-8) in their past seven meetings.”There’s no question we have struggled on the road,” Butch said. “Today, we needed a road win and we got it, and that just shows how committed everyone in that locker room was to getting a big win.””A road win is always good, no matter who is it against,” Chappell said.Butch and the rest of the Badger big men had a field day against the undersized Nittany Lions and their zone defense, collecting 19 offensive rebounds and out-rebounding Penn State overall by 21 (45-24), the team’s largest margin of the season.”That was a big difference in the game,” Ryan said of UW’s work on the glass. “It wasn’t necessarily the first guy that touched the ball, but we got several offensive rebounds by the second guy grabbing the ball and keeping it alive.””Everyone was on the offensive rebounds,” Butch said. “You were down there, and you saw two red jerseys down there and you knew that everybody wanted this win.”Butch’s performance was good for the third double-double of his career. The big forward put on a clinic in the post, showing off his entire offensive repertoire by making 11 of his 15 shot attempts.”It’s good to see him provide a lot of scoring,” Chappell said. “It’s good he had his moves going.”Chappell had a career game as well, collecting nine rebounds and dishing out a personal-best seven assists, without turning the ball over once.”It’s making me feel I should be playing a different position,” joked Chappell, who also scored five points.The game began ominously for Wisconsin. After taking an early lead, the Badgers went through an all-too-familiar scoring drought that spanned 6:19, allowing Penn State to take a two-point lead at the half. The Nittany Lions were carried by forwards Geary Claxton, with 21 points, and Jamelle Cornley with 11. The duo was able to do as they pleased against the defense of UW’s big men early on in the contest.”People say Penn State is not that tall, but … they play hard and they’re strong,” Ryan said. “And in that first half, they were so strong in the paint, they were getting it where they wanted it and doing a lot of nice things.””We survived the first half,” Ryan concluded.However, the second half was a different story, as the Badger frontline played to their size and opened the half with a 16-4 run, giving Wisconsin a 10-point lead they would never relinquish. Much of the run occurred with Tucker on the bench, as the Big Ten’s leading scorer in league play picked up his third foul with 16:02 left to play.UW’s bigs also stepped up defensively in the second period of play, holding Cornley scoreless and allowing only one basket to be scored inside.”We did a good job today of catching ourselves,” junior guard Kammron Taylor said. “The games where we were struggling, we didn’t catch ourselves, we just dug ourselves a bigger hole.”For all of the Badgers’ interior superiority, the game’s leading scorer wasn’t Butch or another UW big man, but Taylor, who hit a career-high six 3-pointers on seven attempts, pouring in 24 points.”Most of my threes came off of kick-outs and penetration,” Taylor said, crediting the inside work of the forwards. “I was doing a good job of showing myself, and my teammates did a good job of finding me.”Although there were only eight turnovers total, the game wasn’t the most picturesque 20-point blowout ever played. At times it was downright ugly, as both squads threw up a bevy of air balls and had several clumsy drives into the lane, but UW miraculously seemed to often benefit from such plays.On one such possession in the second half, sophomore guard Michael Flowers appeared to dribble the ball off his leg on the perimeter. After spinning around a bit to regain possession of the ball, he cut towards the basket and made a no-look pass to Butch who was crashing the boards. Butch didn’t catch the ball cleanly and looped a shot that started at his knee, and ended over his head and off the glass and in the basket for two points.It was just that kind of day for Butch and the Badgers.”To come out with a win was really, really good here,” Butch said.last_img read more