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Elizabethtown College on Tuesday was awarded a $1 million grant as part of a state initiative that funds projects with the potential for significant local impact.
The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant will support a $2 million effort to improve infrastructure associated with the construction of a new, 78,000-square-foot fitness center that's slated to open next fall.
The $24.5 million Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being — most of which will be covered by Elizabethtown's "Be Inspired" fundraising campaign, which seeks to raise $60 million by June 30, 2020 — is the college's largest construction project in the past two decades.
College President Carl Strikwerda in a statement said the facility will benefit the college community and Elizabethtown area as a whole.
"Elizabethtown College is committed to providing our students with the facilities they need to maintain a healthy body and mind," he said. "This project, which has been in the works for several years, will also have an economic multiplier effect, generating and helping sustain economic activity in our region."
The state support will go toward improving the college's tennis courts, parking and pedestrian pathways associated with the Bowers Center, site improvements, mechanical and electrical utilities, and the relocation of a practice field.
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