Thumbs up: A York City property that once housed a problem bar is getting another shot, thanks to half a million dollars in state and federal grants.
The state presented its share – $250,000 – last week during a ceremony at 596 W. Princess St., formerly Gus's Place.
The money will be used to reconstruct the gutted interior on the first floor, which will house a substation for York City Police. A $250,000 federal grant will cover the cost of upgrading the second and third floors.
Gus's Place was a bar at the intersection of West Princess and South West streets that was once the target of numerous Liquor Control Board investigations.
Since purchasing the property in 2011, city officials have been working with the Salem Square neighborhood association to select a new use for the building. The project, which calls for two two-bedroom apartments on the building's upper floors, is one aspect of the city administration's work to revitalize city neighborhoods, Mayor Kim Bracey said at the event. "This one will be resurrected into a neighborhood beacon," she said.
Thumbs up: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and York City partnered to host Saturday's 17th annual Youth Symposium to help middle and high school students make positive choices.
Workshop topics at the free event included college prep, diversity, healthy behaviors, nutrition, relationships and self-esteem, according to Edquina Washington, director of community relations for the city.
In addition to a focus on all-around wellness, the symposium will provide students with a number of resources and organizations they can rely on, she said. This year's theme is "Partners for Progress, Working Together to Build Bridges for Youth." The Youth Symposium is a national event held by Sigma Gamma Rho chapters on the same day in a unified effort to support young people, she said. This is the first year York City has gotten involved. "It's a great opportunity to provide our students with the resources that they need to succeed in life and persevere," Washington said.