Davis announces $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Fund grants

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced a combined $4 million in state grants were awarded to multiple entities for redevelopment projects in the Mon Valley.

Davis said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will further enhance the beautification of the 35th Legislative District, leading to additional opportunities for residents in the community and those who visit the area.

“Today we’re able to spread a little Christmas cheer with the awarding of this substantial state funding,” Davis said. “Ensuring the redevelopment of our district in part relies on state funding, and now is a better time than ever – especially with COVID-19 – to announce this financial assistance to entities that need it most.”

Of the $4 million awarded Wednesday, Davis said $2 million was earmarked for PurePenn LLC’s phase three of its expansion project in McKeesport. Specifically, PurePenn LLC will use the funding to conduct interior build-out at its McKeesport-based site, which includes mechanical and electrical work, fire protection and other interior building components.

The remaining $2 million will be evenly split between The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne and Munhall Borough. Davis said $1 million will be used by the food bank for a redesign project, which will help the food bank increase overall efficiency.

The rest of the funding, Davis said, will be used for the repurposing of a prior healthcare building in the 1800 block of West Street in Munhall. Once complete, the renovated building will serve as the borough’s new Municipal Center.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity.