Erie County projects to receive almost $500,000 in state funding

Local investments to fight blight, plan trails and revitalize buildings

ERIE, Aug. 3 – Ongoing efforts to revitalize parts of Erie and build on anti-blight initiatives will get a boost, thanks to nearly $500,000 in state funding awarded to several projects in Erie County today, announced state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie.

“While we work to bounce back from the worst of the pandemic, it’s important to note that we are continuing our efforts as a region to revitalize our communities and make the smart investments today that will pay off in the future,” Bizzarro said.

Grants in Erie County awarded Monday are:

  • City of Erie, $229,251 - West 8th Street Anchor Buildings Project.
  • Erie Redevelopment Authority, $150,000 - City of Erie Blight Reduction.
  • PA Route 6 Alliance, $103,000 - PA Route 6 Façade Program in the Great Lakes.
  • Impact Corry, $12,500 - Corry Rails & Trail Park Planning Grant.

Bizzarro said he was especially enthused regarding the 8th Street grant, given on the ongoing efforts to revitalize the entire 8th Street corridor both in the city and in Millcreek Township, efforts that he has supported and advocated for.

“These grants will not only fix up existing buildings and streets, but will encourage additional private investment, creating jobs and opportunities,” Bizzarro said. “I want to congratulate everyone involved and I’m committed to continuing to help move these projects forward.”

The grants were awarded through the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities Program. A full list of grants awarded statewide can be found here. More information about the program is available here.