Fontana Announces Over $5 Million in State Grants for Area Projects

HARRISBURG, November 14, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced over $5 million in state grants for 10 Allegheny County projects.

“This state money will help fund and advance several worthy redevelopment and recreational projects,” Fontana said. “I will continue to seek state resources to supplement local economic and quality of life investments.”

The funds, approved today by the board of the state’s Commonwealth Financing Agency (CFA), will provide:

  • $516,660 to demolish the former Duff’s Business Institute building and help redevelop the 14-square block area between the convention center and Stanwix street in Pittsburgh’s downtown cultural district. The project will also be given a $774,990 low-interest state loan for the project;
  • $25,000 for Sharps Landing in the Borough of Sharpsburg;
  • $1.5 million for road construction and intersection upgrades at Main and 19th Streets in Pittsburgh;
  • $1.25 million to the St. Clair Memorial Hospital to realign North Wren Drive in Scott Township;
  • $697,690 to Green Tree Borough for sidewalk improvements along Green Tree Road (Route 121) and Mansfield Avenue (Route 3062).;
  • $175,000 to renovate the Chatham Village Playground in Pittsburgh;
  • $230,000 to help rehabilitate the Mattress Factory Garden on Pittsburgh’s Central Northside;
  • $250,000 for the SOA Riverfront Trail Planning;
  • $125,000 to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for Arsenal Park Phase 1 design work; and
  • $256,416 to Coraopolis Borough to make improvements to intersections, sidewalks and accommodate greater access for handicapped citizens.

The CFA grant program is funded with revenue from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund. In addition to statewide property tax relief, a portion of gaming dollars is used to fund public works and economic development projects.

 

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