Cruz: $750k grant approved for MaKen City improvements

PHILADELPHIA, March 27 – State Rep. Angel Cruz announced today that a $750,000 grant was approved for 956 Erie Partners LLC to improve the transportation infrastructure around MaKen City at the 900 block of East Erie Avenue.   

“If we can improve the pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicle accessibility around MaKen City, imagine the kind of foot traffic and commerce we might be able to produce,” Cruz said. “With improvements like this, safety can be assured for the folks who frequent these streets. It’s all about creating spaces where people feel comfortable, and can easily get from point A to point B without any fear.”

Along G Street, East Erie Avenue and I Street, the sidewalk and 2,231 linear feet of curbing will be replaced. Four SEPTA bus shelters will be installed along G and I streets. A bicycle lane will be demarcated along G Street. A chain link fence will be installed along the south side of the block along the railroad tracks to restrict pedestrian access for safety purposes. A vehicle entrance ramp will be constructed in the public right of way for entrance onto the property. Lighting and streetscaping will be completed to improve the pedestrian areas.

The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under its Multimodal Transportation Fund. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure safe transportation is available to all Pennsylvania residents.