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SUNBURY – The Albright United Methodist Church building along Chestnut Street in Sunbury won’t be vacant for much longer. A $1 million project was announced Friday says John Shipman, chairman of Sunbury Pride and Renaissance Coalition. “We will be using is as a community arts center, office space, conference center and more. It will be serving the general public funded by tax credits and not tax money.”
The project is a public-private partnership with help from the state, where local businesses can make a financial commitment to the project and deduct a percentage from their taxes. Along with SPARC, the project is the work of the city of Sunbury and Sunbury Revitalization Incorporated with the help of DCED.
Four businesses, Northumberland National Bank, PPL, Zimmerman Motors and Sunbury Motors, have already made major contributions to the project. Sunbury Mayor David Persing says he looks at it as an extension of the Riverfront Project. “Now we are at a beautiful site where we are looking for investors and opportunities to be able to grow this. We have been talking about this for years.”
The Albright United Methodist Church became vacant after merging with St. John’s Methodist Church creating the Faith United Methodist Church downtown. The project is expected to take three years and will begin early next year. (Sara Bartlett)