Community Lending Program Success Stories
The Mane Event: CLP-funded State-of-the-Art Equine Facility Débuts in Chester County, PA
A new state-of-the-art equine clinic and surgical facility debuted recently in Oxford, Pennsylvania and will offer an array of the latest advancements in veterinary medicine, along with their current services. The facility – designed by staff veterinarians – was constructed on the site of an old dairy farm and used much of the original barn wood true to the countryside of the Chester County area.
“This has been a long time in the making. The doctors had this in mind for the past 10 years. This was their vision. We’ve been chomping at the bit to get in here,” said Karen Webb, administrative assistant, Unionville Equine Associates, P.C. (UEA), at August’s grand opening of the facility.
The UEA project met the definition of a small business and qualified for a $1.3 million, five-year low-cost loan from FHLBank’s Community Lending Program (CLP). CLP funding, along with additional financing from FHLBank member First Resource Bank, helped the buyer meet his total construction costs.
“I was initially introduced to First Resource Bank as an option for personal banking when my long time bank was merged into a larger institution,” said Dr. John Lee Jr., DVM. “My account was properly handled and I was given an excellent contact person for questions. The support and solutions for financing offered to us set First Resource apart from other offers we had considered. Throughout construction, we received valuable support and guidance and highly recommend them to any small business looking for financing,” Dr. Lee remarked.
Glenn Marshall, president and CEO, First Resource Bank, an FHLBank member based in Exton, PA, said, “First Resource Bank is an active user of the CLP Program. The program supports our bank with an effective matching funds solution which in turn supports our growing small business clients. We appreciate the cost of funds and our clients appreciate the opportunity to grow and create jobs in our Chester County market. It’s a winning formula,” concluded Marshall.
The surgical area of the facility features a modern operating room with an overhead observation deck, recovery stalls, and X-ray and imaging equipment. Other features include an attached garage that allows the veterinarians to load vehicles while staying out of the elements, as well as a communications center, pharmacy, laboratory, and an office and reception area.
The business has plans to add three to five new staff members and eventually offer a service to clients who can trailer their horses for testing and treatment. They hope to become a referral facility for area veterinarians who are not equipped to perform tests at a client’s farm.
Unionville Equine Associates, P.C. is a prime example of how CLP may be used not just for housing and infrastructure improvements but to support small businesses as well. A wide variety of community and economic development projects can take advantage of CLP loans to retain or create jobs, build housing, improve business districts and strengthen neighborhoods. CLP is designed to help member financial institutions meet their community investment goals while maintaining and enhancing their own profitability.
FHLBank Pittsburgh is proud to support CLP projects such as Unionville Equine Associates, P.C. throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other areas served by member banks. If you have a community or economic development project in the works that requires funding, CLP just might be the resource you need to make the project happen. Click here for more information on how to apply for funding.
More Success Stories…
MVB Bank Champions CLP – and a Mining Contractor Adds Jobs as a Result
Mining has long been the backbone of West Virginia’s economy. Victory of West Virginia, Inc., a mining design/build contractor based in Fairmont, has serviced the industry for more than 65 years. In 2006, when the former owner of Victory decided he was ready to retire, he put the business up for sale and a local entrepreneur became interested in purchasing the company. The entrepreneur called on MVB Bank, his local community bank and FHLBank Pittsburgh member, for help in acquiring the mining contracting business.
Barking Up the Right Tree – First Resource Bank Uses CLP to Support Growing Internet-based Business in Exton, PA
Jill Gizzio founded DogToys.com, a successful Internet-based business in Exton, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, in 1997 with $20,000 in personal savings. DogToys.com sells thousands of high quality pet supplies through its websites and affiliate sites. Since then, she has nurtured it into a multi-million dollar business, with four full-time and a number of seasonal part-time employees. So successful has this e-tail business been that it outgrew the warehouse space the company had been leasing. That’s when Gizzio decided to purchase her own building to be used as a distribution point and business headquarters.
The Dime Bank Uses CLP to Support Hampton Inn Construction in Tunkhannock
Many years ago, tanning was the chief industry in the small borough of Tunkhannock, PA, tucked along the Susquehanna River a little more than 30 miles north of Wilkes-Barre. More recently, many residents have been employed by the Procter & Gamble plant nearby. Today, drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is the region’s booming industry, and with that boom has come a significant shortage of hotel rooms. A new 67-room Hampton Inn on East Tioga Street, however, will soon help to ease that shortage
Hampshire County, West Virginia – Shaping up for a Healthier Future
It had been a long time in the works. Identified several years ago by Hampshire County officials as a community health care need, a state-of-the-art wellness and fitness center was conceived, constructed and opened in the community of Romney, WV – helping area residents get in shape for a healthier future.
Franklin Commons – An Uncommon Facility in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
About four years ago, David and Marian Moskowitz decided to purchase a 100-year-old vacant and decaying industrial building located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and convert it into an educational, corporate and recreational facility called Franklin Commons.
Former Meadville School Closes the Book on Sitting Empty – Transformed into Affordable Housing and Commercial Office Space
After sitting empty nearly ten years, the former Meadville Area Junior High School closed the book on vacancy for good in the fall of 2007. The 90-year-old building received new life when it was transformed into a 56-unit residential apartment complex for low- to moderate-income families as well as a commercial office facility.
IMAX Opens in Reading, a Marquee CLP-Funded Project
On August 8, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Reading Mayor Tom McMahon unveiled a new state-of-the-art 11-screen cinema complex in Reading, PA that provides residents the ultimate moviegoing experience.
Three Municipalities Upgrade Their
Infrastructure; Local Bank
Commits $8 Million with the Help of CLP
does one community bank meet the needs of three municipal
authorities, save local taxpayers money and enhance
its own reputation for excellent customer service?
Creative Refinancing Clears
Way for Senior Housing Renovation
At a ceremony at One West Penn Apartments in Carlisle,
PA, this July, U.S. Rep. Todd Platts and Christopher
Gulotta, executive director of the Cumberland County
Housing and Redevelopment Authority (CCHRA), announced
$6.7 million in Community Lending Program (CLP) funding
that has resulted in the innovative refinancing of
the complex's existing mortgage and a lowered interest
Updated Fire Company Facility Improves Equipment,
Service for Community
Mercer County State Bank, Sandy Lake, PA, led the way
in Community Lending Program funding in one local community.
Mercer County State Bank used a $600,000 CLP loan to
help the Stoneboro Fire Department replace an existing
fire company building in 2003. The loan enabled the
fire department to benefit from updated facilities,
as well as add two new bays for the firefighting equipment.