An annual grant that funds ideas designed to invigorate downtown York City has been awarded to a "makerspace" planned to open in the fall.

YorIT, a York County Community Foundation committee of philanthropists, announced this week that it's chosen Working Class as its 2014 recipient of $20,000.

When it opens, the membership-based Working Class will offer its members access to welding equipment, a plasma cutter, a waterjet, flatbed and roll printers, paint and sandblasting booths, saws, sanders, polishers and a blacksmith shop.

Housed in the Rudy Art Glass studio at 15 E. Philadelphia St., Working Class will be the first makerspace for large-scale artists and designers in central Pennsylvania.

Each year since 2010, the YorIT committee has solicited creative, high-impact project ideas that would invigorate downtown York.

Applicants submit short YouTube videos outlining their ideas. The committee then narrows the list to finalists, who submit fuller proposals.

Last year, the committee awarded $20,000 to CoWork155, a membership-based workspace for entrepreneurs, telecommuters, freelancers, sales executives and others who work from home.

The Working Class entry video is available at

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