Township of Bristol. Apply for a grant for community centers and manhole covers

Bristol Township Senior Center.
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The Township of Bristol hopes to secure grant funds to help defray the cost of several community projects.

Last month, Bristol Township Council backed Community Development Director Van Strother’s proposal to request some of the remaining federal COVID-19 relief funds for infrastructure. The grant application was submitted by the Township of Bristol under the Community Development Block Grant Programs, which assist communities that meet certain household income and population guidelines.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has $54 million in unused federal relief dollars for infrastructure projects, and Bristol Township wants a piece of that pie.

A rendering for the proposed senior center upgrade and new parks and recreation building.
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The township is seeking funding for the planned redesign of the Bristol Township Senior Center and the construction of a new Parks and Recreation Department building next to the senior center. They also plan to renovate the Marie Lowe Resource Center on Schumacher Drive and purchase approximately 690 manhole castings and covers to replace older ones.

Van Strother said the projects were identified because of their need and to provide improved facilities for residents.

The senior center, officials said, is older, needs upgrading and needs more space. Parks programs could benefit from a special place as they have grown in recent years.

The current Marie Lowe Building. Credit: Township of Bristol

The Marie Lowe Resource Center is an older building that needs upgrading. Plans call for a facelift and the construction of a recreation area, including a stage, at the rear of the property.

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The manhole covers would replace 674 existing covers and provide about 20 more for those that may be buried or unmapped, Strother said.

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A full tally of projects has not been released.

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Over the past decade, Bristol Township officials have focused on upgrading aging infrastructure and expanding park facilities and programs. Part of the improvements included the new municipal park next to the township building and the police station on Bath Road.

Current center back Marie Lowe.
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A rendering of the backyard upgrade.
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