HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State grants totaling $205,000 were awarded to the 2 nd and 3 rd Legislative Districts, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today. State funding for $80,000, granted by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, was requested on behalf of the McKean Recreation Authority to construct a paved nature trail at McKean Community Park located in McKean Borough. “I’m happy to announce this funding that will help make this project in McKean Community Park come to fruition,” Bizzarro said. “This funding will assist in ensuring all areas of the park are now accessible for those who wish to explore the park in its entirety.” The project looks to construct a paved, handicap-accessible nature trail. The trail system is the final set of walking trails and will connect the latest trail extension to the currently inaccessible wooded area of the park. Bizzarro also announced that the 2 nd Legislative District was awarded $125,000 in state funding to install nature slides at Lake Erie Arboretum Frontier Park. The nonprofit tree museum requested the funding to install three stainless steel nature slides to provide additional recreational activities for children who use the nearby playground. “In addition to the 3 rd Legislative District’s funding, I’m pleased to announce that the 2 nd Legislative District received this substantial grant,” Bizzarro said. “I strongly advocated for this project, Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – A $70,595 state grant will help fund a new Conway playground with equipment that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The grant, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will allow the borough to replace the deteriorating, 20-year-old playground equipment at the former Conway Elementary School with new equipment that includes two ADA-accessible swings and a new wood-fiber surface and border. As part of the project – estimated to cost $83,053 – the borough will lease space to a learning center that offers therapeutic and educational programs for children with developmental disabilities. Matzie applauded the CFA board for approving the funding, which he said will allow the community to improve recreational facilities and make them more inclusive. “All kids should have a chance to play on a playground,” Matzie said. “This funding helps us achieve that. It’s important for us, as a community, to provide a safe environment for kids to get some exercise and have some fun. This grant helps get us there.” The grant is funded by the state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – Nearly $500,000 in grants will help fund improvements to water storage and distribution systems serving Beaver County residents, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The grants – both approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – include the following: • $425,000 to the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa to replace water valves through the Aliquippa and portions of Hopewell, Raccoon and Potter townships. Because of the age of the system, the valves are often inoperable or do not seal properly. Replacement will enable smaller portions of the system to be shut down during maintenance so that fewer customers are affected. The total project cost is $500,000. • $67,000 to the Creswell Heights Joint Authority, which provides treated water to four municipal locations, to install new solar mixers at three water storage tanks. Enhancing the mixing capacities of the tanks will help maintain water quality, help cut down on the disinfectant required, and help maintain the life of the tank. The total project cost in $79,090. “When people turn on the faucet, they expect clean, safe water to come out,” Matzie said. “That takes maintenance and upgrades, which are costly. These grants help to ensure the continued availability of safe drinking water while reducing service interruptions.” Matzie said both grants are funded by the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program. Read more
Four important projects in Centre and Clinton counties have been selected to receive more than $720,000 in state grants. Read more
The grant will assist the borough in updating its sewer system by restoring more than 2,000 feet of sewer line. Read more
DARBY, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Delaware County Back to School Community Resource Fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby. "I love seeing children so excited to start the school year," McClinton said. "I want to encourage that excitement with the school supplies giveaway. The kids aren’t just receiving pens or notebooks. They are being empowered to succeed in school, and when they succeed, we as a community succeed.” Local vendors will provide free haircuts and hairstyles in addition to the free school supplies. Refreshments will be available. “It is a priority that parents and students have access to the critical resources they need to thrive,” McClinton said. “My staff and I will be there to talk to residents about how to improve education in the district, as well as answer any state-related questions they may have.” McClinton said students must reside in the 191 st Legislative District , which includes parts of Philadelphia and all of Darby and part of Yeadon in Delaware County, and must be present to receive school supplies. For more information, call McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Read more
State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today announced the University of Pittsburgh Homewood Community Engagement Center has been selected to receive a $375,000 state grant. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved funds to construct an accessible connection plaza at New Street and Wylie Avenue in Pittsburgh. Wheatley said the $237,000 will help with the first phase of the development that will include a landscaped publicly accessed paved outdoor gathering and seating area. Additionally, the area will consist of a large central stair and low seating walls, which will create an overlook of the one-acre Neighborhood Park and downtown Pittsburgh. “This funding is imperative in making sure that the plaza of the Lower Hill residential development is easily accessible to those who have disabilities,” Wheatley said. “We want to be inclusive in that we don’t want any barriers that would stop anyone from being able to utilize outdoor spaces or seating areas.” The project also includes installing concrete steps, handrails, fire line pavement and a high retaining wall. The total projected cost is $312,000. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects from programs that are part of the economic stimulus package passed by the General Assembly in 2004. The entity falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today announced that Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association will receive a $198,650 grant to begin their Carnell Green Playscape and Community Design project. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with all the stakeholders at Carnell Elementary from the beginning to make this grant possible,” Solomon said. “From matching the school with the Community Design Collaborative, to participating on the CDC’s steering committee for the project, I am thrilled to now see this project take a huge step towards becoming a reality.” Improvements will include a new basketball court that can convert to a soccer field, an ADA ramp on the east side of the campus, a language path connecting to the other school on campus, a Little School House play space, new bollards and fencing at the west entrance, a rock wall for climbing and new asphalt on the schoolyard access pathway. The total project cost is $249,280. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority at its board meeting today, following a group effort by Solomon, OCCCDA, The Philadelphia School District, State Sen. Christine Tartaglione, City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, and Carnell school leadership and the School Advisory Council to secure funds. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced that Schuylkill River Development Corporation will receive a $75,000 grant for the restoration of the East side of the Schuylkill River. “The sinkholes along this stretch of the river are a safety risk,” Sims said. “I’m glad that this area will be restored using these funds, so that residents can safely enjoy this beautiful landscape.” The grant will help SRDC restore the landscaping where sinkholes have appeared under the greenway. Weak areas in the bulkhead will be repaired, so that tidal water can no longer erode the soil. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority at its board meeting today, for restorations along the area along the Schuylkill River between Callowhill and Locust Streets in Philadelphia. The total project cost is $600,000. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. Read more
State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, announced that Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $213,155 grant to the Borough of Penndel for sewer upgrades. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today that a $150,000 state grant will help fund major improvements to an asphalt road median that will connect Pittsburgh’s 21st Street corridor from Carson Street to South Side Park. Readshaw noted that the project – estimated to cost $441,677 – will involve the construction a 1,300-foot concrete median, curb and paving. In addition, the project will include installation of 10 concrete benches, 12 galvanized steel bike racks, 16 trash receptacles, traffic control bollards, signage walls and concrete ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “The funding to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for this project is going to help transform this congested traffic area into a safer, more organized design with designated space for pedestrians and bikers,” Readshaw said. “The upgrades will greatly enhance safety and utility for everyone while adding to the area’s aesthetic appeal. In addition, the project is going to create area jobs and stimulate the economy. I want to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this grant, which is a great investment in our infrastructure.” Read more
WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, today announced the approval of three Commonwealth Financing Authority grants totaling $723,062 for Fairview Township, Hanover Township and Ashley Borough. The funds will go toward three separate projects, including: $60,562 to Fairview Township to renovate a basketball court at Memorial Park; $300,000 to Ashley Borough for the Sulfur Run construction project; and $362,500 to Hanover Township for phase 2B of the Solomon Creek Interceptor rehabilitation project. “These grants will go toward increasing the safety and recreational appeal of communities in our district,” Pashinski said. “I’m truly appreciative to Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for working with me on these grants and seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.” “The Commonwealth Financing Authority continues to be a great partner with Luzerne County communities looking to invest in community development projects that improve the quality of life in the region and set the stage for future economic growth,” Yudichak said. Fairview Township’s grant will go toward excavating and removing the old basketball court at Memorial Park. The area will then be graded, leveled and new asphalt will be poured for the two new basketball posts with backboards. The project will also include line painting, fence Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., today announced the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse Inc. will receive a $100,000 state grant to rehabilitate the playground and indoor recreational facility at East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and will go toward demolishing the lower level of the recreational facility that is currently unsuitable for public use. The project also involves removing asbestos and monitoring the facility for other hazardous materials. The total cost for the project is $449,800. “East Fairmount Park is a great place for families to experience a wide variety of activities. The work that will be done on the facility will give the community a sense of pride and provide enjoyment for years to come,” Brown said. “I would like to thank everyone involved in obtaining the grant to help move this project forward.” The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced a $39,100 grant will jumpstart efforts to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center and address its deteriorating conditions. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to hire a consulting team to complete two assessment phases: Phase 1 : Consists of site and building analysis and program assessment. Phase 2 : Includes design alternatives, illustrative site plan alternatives, prepare cost estimates for proposed improvements, and propose phasing options for proposed improvements. "The Tustin Recreation Center provides a fun and safe multigenerational space for area residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is essential in building a strong neighborhood,” Cephas said. "The funding ultimately will help develop a master plan, driven by residents who will determine and prioritize the structural improvements needed to keep the center a thriving asset for our community." "This grant is a long-awaited chance for the community to get involved in what happens here and provides a great opportunity to enhance our facilities as well as our programming," said Sheldon Robinson, Tustin Advisory Council president. "This historic recreation center is the place where generations of Overbrook and West Philadelphia families call home, and we look forward to carrying on the tradition that is Tustin Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced more than $1.2 million in state grants have been awarded for various projects throughout the 191st Legislative District, which covers portions of Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The grants – approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – include $250,000 for a dock expansion at Bartram’s Garden public park, $200,000 to help renovate the McCreesh Recreation Center, $424,641 to replace sewer lines in Yeadon, and $358,011 for sewer line rehabilitation in Darby. McClinton said the grant for Bartram’s Garden public park will help expand the existing dock along the Schuylkill River by 2,400 square feet and lower it closer to the water for easier access to kayakers and people with disabilities. The total cost for the project is $511,216. The grant for the McCreesh Recreation Center will assist with renovating the building’s roof, HVAC system, bathrooms, kitchen, and lighting. It will cost $287,500 to complete the project. “It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “These grants are crucial and will help enhance our recreational areas that are utilized by many families and will provide enjoyment for years to come.” McClinton said the grant awarded to Darby will help fund the repairing of sewer lines along 13th Read more
DERRY, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, today announced more than $1 million in grants he worked to bring to the district have been approved to fund critical water and sewer system upgrades in Westmoreland County. The funding, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, includes: $278,034 to the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Derry to upgrade the borough’s deteriorating waterline on North Chestnut Street, which contains lead joints. $245,000 to the Derry Township Municipal Authority to extend sewer service to 10 existing residences along Peach Hollow Road by installing nearly 3,000 feet of sanitary sewer pipe. $72,101 to the Derry Township Municipal Authority to reline nearly 2,000 feet of existing pipe along Industrial Boulevard, Pandora Road and Station Street. $424,996 to the Unity Township Municipal Authority to install 4,000 feet of sanitary sewer line to serve two businesses that are expanding operations. “The grants approved today will help provide critical water and sanitary sewer improvements for areas that have struggled with outdated or malfunctioning systems for years,” Petrarca said. “In addition, the Unity Township project will address the needs of two large area employers that are limited because of existing sanitary sewer constraints and are dependent on the extension of services to expand operations. “I want to thank the CFA board for approving this Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today that $832,051 in state grants has been awarded for five projects within his legislative district. The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded funding for the following: $418,200 to Penn Hills to replace a section of the Lime Hollow Road sewer line to meet the requirements of the wet weather design flows approved by the Department of Environmental Protection; $110,517 to the Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority to upgrade a water storage tank in the Municipality of Penn Hills to address water age issues; $78,334 to Verona Borough to rehabilitate sewer lines and manholes to repair its sanitary system; $150,000 to Oakmont Borough in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for phases two and three of the Plum Creek Trail System in Oakmont and Verona boroughs and the Municipality of Penn Hills. Phase two includes removing fill to improve flood carrying capacity and Phase three consists of a bridge and trail accessible to walkers, runners and bicyclists; and $75,000 to the Borough of Plum in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for improvements to Renton Park, including a new play area, new play structures and a poured in soft surface. “This funding will allow us to replace sewer lines and address any archaic issues with our water system,” DeLuca said. “Water infrastructure can affect our public health, so it’s important that we Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced a $416,500 grant in state funding for improvements and water supply connection and a separate $156,995 grant to replace water lines, were both awarded to Reserve Township. Costa said the $416,500 grant is for a water supplier, because the township terminated the relationship with its current supplier due to a lack of confidence, reliability and accurate billing. The West View Water Authority will also make two water main connections at Bernardi and Arior Drive and Ramage Road with Spring Garden Avenue and install a water meter vault to supply water to Reserve Township. The total cost for the project is $490,000. For the other Reserve Township project that was funded with a $156,995 grant, Costa said it involves replacing 800 linear feet of old leaking water lines along Irwin Drive, and replacing two fire hydrants for better fire protection in residential areas. The total project cost is estimated at $184,700. “It is imperative that we keep our sewer systems current and make improvements when necessary,” Costa said. “I’m pleased to see this state funding being used to upkeep our water supply and provide quality and accurate service to our residents.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects from programs that are part of the economic stimulus package passed by the Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded $683,946 in state funding to the 35 th Legislative District. “I’m happy to announce the funding awarded today to the 35 th Legislative District,” Davis said. “Maintaining and rehabilitating parts of our community are vital to ensuring our district is appealing to visitors and residents alike.” The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County was awarded $175,000 to construct a Regional Public Training Facility, which will be located on Mertha Street in Munhall. The facility will be a two-story structure that can be configured to mimic the characteristics of a residential, commercial or industrial structure. In addition to the training tower, the site will be paved to allow on-ground training exercises that would involve training and operation vehicles. The City of Duquesne received $100,000 to replace waterlines and a reservoir mixer to prevent the formation of Trihalomethanes, a disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease. Clairton Municipal Authority received $337,000 to replace a combined sewer line located in Clairton City. The Dry Run combined sewer line contains several defects that have caused failures of the system along the Dry Run waterway. This project will rectify the problem. Versailles Borough was awarded $71,946 to help fund its sanitary sewer rehabilitation project. Read more
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