Southwest Lancaster Revitalization Gears Up with $600,000 in Grants from The S. Dale High Family Foundation

Begins Mayor’s block-by-block work to strengthen neighborhoods throughout the City

Lancaster, PA, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mayor Danene Sorace joined with S. Dale High, Chairman of The S. Dale High Family Foundation, to announce five grants totaling $600,000 from the Foundation for neighborhood improvements in southwest Lancaster City. The capital gifts will be used to fund government and community organizations targeting repair and improvements to key corridors and gateways in the neighborhood, as well as property repairs and improvements.


“These grants are kick-starting our process of revitalizing neighborhoods,” said Mayor Sorace. “We’re grateful that The S. Dale High Family Foundation shares our vision for positive change that makes a difference in the lives of our residents.”


“Lancaster City is a very special place,” said S. Dale High. “Our business and family roots go deep here. We have seen great things happen in the downtown, and we’re delighted to partner with those organizations who are also building and strengthening our neighborhoods.”


The five grants presented by The S. Dale High Family Foundation include:


  1. $50,000 to the City of Lancaster for the Corridor Improvement Project. The grant includes funding to make improvements to the West King and Manor Street Corridor into the City, including 130 pedestrian-scale street lights and planting of 98 trees along a one-mile stretch. This effort is part of the SoWe Lancaster Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy led by Lancaster Housing Opportunities Partnership.


  1. $100,000 to the Lancaster City Alliance for the South Prince and South Queen St. Gateway. The grant will improve the physical appearance of the gateway, including facade improvements, installation of trash receptacles, planting of trees, and deploying neighborhood marketing. Mark Fitzgerald, president and COO of High Real Estate Group, serves on the Lancaster City Alliance Board.


  1. $250,000 to the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership for the SoWe Lancaster Revitalization Strategy. The funding will improve the quality of life in the Southwest by investing in housing and safety. The S. Dale High Family Foundation will contribute $50,000 per year for five years starting in 2018, with a total gift amount of $250,000, supporting a $1.15 million grant received from Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.


  1. $100,000 to Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity South Lancaster City Neighborhood Revitalization. The grant will increase accessibility to Habitat's Home Repair Program throughout the Southwest, contributing to the revitalization of South Christian Street, and to Habitat's first "Rock the Block" Party. The S. Dale High Family Foundation will contribute $50,000 per year for two years starting in 2018, with a total gift amount of $100,000.


  1. $100,000 to the Lancaster Redevelopment Fund., Inc. for the Lancaster County Land Bank. The grant will allow the Fund to acquire and assist in the rehabilitation of properties in member municipalities.


About The S. Dale High Family Foundation


The S. Dale High Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded by members of the High Family, owners of the High® companies. The Foundation’s overall mission is to give back to the community by providing support to nonprofit organizations in communities in which High companies do business. The current focus of the Foundation is eliminating poverty and strengthening the City of Lancaster, Pa. In addition, the Foundation assists High co-workers in meeting the costs of a college education for their children through The S. Dale High Family Foundation Scholarship Program. For more information, please call 717.293.4500 or visit


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A photo accompanying this announcement is available at


A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

The S. Dale High Family Foundation provides $600,000 in grants for improvements to neighborhoods in southwestern Lancaster, Pa. as part of an anti-poverty initiative. Front row left to right, Robin D. Stauffer, executive director, The S. Dale High Family Foundation; Randy Patterson, director of economic development and neighborhood revitalization, City of Lancaster; Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace, S. Dale High, Chairman, The S. Dale High Family Foundation
Back row: Katie Walsh, resources and community development manager, Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority; Marshall Snively, president, Lancaster City Alliance; Bill Dewan, director of development, Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity; Gene Duncan, chair, Southwest Lancaster Leadership Board; Ray D'Agostino, executive director, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership; Jim Shultz, program development director, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership.

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