The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 14, 2014

$3M rehab for marina high and dry

Culver, Gordner press state for changes

SUNBURY — SUNBURY — The much talked about and delayed $3 million in renovations to the Shikellamy State Park Marina building, is still very much on the mind of state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, Sunbury, she said on Thursday.

“This project,” she said, “is still something I want us to do. It will be a major benefit to the Valley and could lead to increased jobs and tourism.”

The 10,000-square-foot facility would be renamed the Visitors and Economic Center, and serve as a new state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources administrative building and a research center, complete with a research station and a classroom.

The original plan included a 2,000-square-foot addition, according to the building plans. It was originally dedicated in 1972 as an exhibit center, about two weeks before Hurricane Agnes hit.

Representing a group stakeholders, organized under the banner of the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, Culver (by phone) and state Sen. John Gordner, R-27, Berwick, met with officials at DCNR last week. “We put all the facts on the table, and talked about how this would be a cost effective effort,” Culver said.

Several meetings had previously been planned, she said, “but weather always seemed to cause postponements.”

This time they agreed to meet again, at a time yet to be determined.

Scientists, researchers and students from six Valley universities will study the river and surrounding environment from the center, Culver said.

The schools involved would be Bloomsburg, Susquehanna, Bucknell and Lock Haven universities; and King’s and Lycoming colleges.

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