Perhaps for the first time, the Destination 2014 project intended to create a hub of activity on the west end of downtown Williamsport appears to be more than just a dream.
A $3 million state grant will create that sort of reality.
City officials say they have the matching funds required to go with the grant and more announcements are planned soon.
As of now, Destination 2014 in the block that contains the existing YMCA complex includes:
A 7,000-square-foot, one-story retail center.
An arena to include indoor soccer and a baseball camp.
Conversion of the old YMCA building into a commercial/office building.
A two-story parking deck.
An additional 77 spaces of parking.
A "green" area meant to create a town square atmosphere at the southwest corner of West Fourth and Hepburn streets.
Announcement of the grant came as Gov. Tom Corbett was awarding 58 economic growth grants totaling more than $133 million. Williamsport was the only Third Class City to receive a grant.
If we could knitpick, we would be wishing for some moderate downtown rental housing in this plan. We also would want the prospect of making the arena ice capable not completely abandoned on the basis of what admittedly poor decision regarding a hockey franchise.
But the overall prospects are exciting, as long as the funding of the plan does not impede any other parts of the city's fiscal structure necessary to maintain proper services.