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York City's King Street Garage is going green with a project to improve its lighting and save the city thousands of dollars per year.

Upgrades to all exterior and interior lighting have already begun, according to a news release, and work will last 30 to 60 days.

In addition to improving the overall lighting for safety purposes, the new lights will be more energy efficient, saving the city an estimated $11,500 per year.

Earlier this year, the General Authority approved the renovations for the garage, which can hold 541 vehicles.

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The $50,547 project will replace 70-watt sodium light fixtures with 30-watt LED lights, occupancy sensors and daylight sensors. The current 150-watt sodium lights will be replaced with 42-watt LED lights, and all incandescent exit signs will be replaced as well, according to the release.

According to Kittrell Barnes, York City's finance director, the project will be financed with General Authority funds and is expected to pay for itself in four years. The project also will receive a $7,600 rebate from Met-Ed.

"This project is a fiscal winner for York," said Kim Lentz, chair of the General Authority, in the release.

Lentz cited savings from energy consumption, reduced maintenance costs and longer equipment life.

"The King Street Garage's overall lighting will also improve, making the garage a safer and more welcoming facility for people who live, work and visit downtown York," she said.

The project also will benefit Mason Avenue, a pedestrian route that links the Rabbit Transit transfer center and York City parking lots with the Yorktowne Hotel, county government buildings and retail, residential and commercial sites on West Market Street, according to the release.

A similar lighting project will take place at the Philadelphia Street Garage later this year.

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