Members of USDA Rural Development in Pennsylvania joined members of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and & Free Library Association for a groundbreaking ceremony on June 16th, 2015 in the community of Montrose. The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association received a $2,000,000 Community Facilities loan to fund the development and construction of the new library facility. The association raised an additional $2.2 million to invest in the expected $4.2 million dollar project.
The new facility is estimated to be a single story 20,000 square foot building situated on three acres that will accommodate the future needs of Montrose residents. Along with a fully outfitted workspace for all of the library’s administrative functions, additional areas will be provided for the numerous programs the library intends to offer. Development plans include a large children’s room, spacious modern reading areas, and 25 computer stations that are all Wi-Fi capable. During and after library hours, a large meeting room will be available for public use.
In Pennsylvania last year, the USDA Community Facility program assisted 29 rural communities with loans and grants totaling more than $103 million dollars. These programs have helped small communities build schools, university residence halls, firehouses, and municipal buildings. The loans and grants also provide low cost ways for communities to acquire police and fire vehicles, emergency and utility equipment, and other critical infrastructure.
President Obama’s historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.