Markosek announces $425,000 in Allegheny County gaming grants

MONROEVILLE, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced today the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund awarded a total of $425,000 in grant funding for projects in Plum, Wilmerding, Wall and North Versailles Township.

“I want to congratulate the awardees for securing funds that will further assist in the economic development of our area,” Markosek said. “This funding will help to make these communities better places to live by reducing flooding in Plum, making improvements to the Wilmerding Community Center, replacing a retaining wall in Wall and revitalizing the wastewater collection system in North Versailles Township.”

The following amounts were awarded:

  • $150,000 to Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments for proposed flood improvement through the Center Beach Project in the borough of Plum. The project is in response to a damaging flood in July 2019 and includes a proposal to create a series of four interconnected impoundments that will reduce the stormwater peak flows and volume. Walking trails, along with a gazebo and benches, will be installed to provide recreation for the public.
  • $75,000 to the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments to rehabilitate the Wilmerding Community Center. The project includes HVAC in the locker rooms, a spin/aerobics studio, an indoor track, a new walking/running track, basketball court repairs and resurfacing, playground equipment, exercise station, repair and replace of the pavilion roof, installing a French drain in the parking lot and replacing the indoor running track.
  • $50,000 to Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments to replace the Marie Street retaining wall in the borough of Wall. The project includes a permanent concrete structure, a retaining wall, a footer and drainpipe.
  • $150,000 to the North Versailles Township Sanitary Authority to replace and construct two new pump stations within the township as part of a Green Sustainability Plan. The plan will allow the NTVSA to revitalize its current wastewater collection system and develop new infrastructure for future developments. The project also includes improvements to facility components which need replacing.

The Allegheny County Economic Development Tourism Fund is financed by gaming activity in the county and administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the state Commonwealth Financing Authority. More information on the fund is available here.