Frankel announces $400,000 for local building revitalization projects

Grants distributed by PA Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 -- State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced $400,000 in state grant funding has been awarded to three local organizations to help complete building rehabilitation projects.

The money comes from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund, dispersed by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. These grants help fund economic development projects for municipalities, authorities, councils of government, non-profit and for-profit businesses in Allegheny County.

The following organizations were awarded a total of $400,000:

  • $100,000 to The Shirley Weinberg GST Exempt Trust for the Bigelow Revitalization project: This project involves the rehabilitation of existing housing that will help to revitalize several dilapidated properties, which will help to elevate the neighborhood and promote future investment while offering quality housing options to existing and new residents.

  • $100,000 to The Frick Pittsburgh for the Clayton Masonry project: The funding will be used to make critical improvements to the five tallest chimneys, including masonry repairs, waterproofing, and a coating of mineral silicate paint.

  • $200,000 to Rodef Shalom Congregation for roofing replacements and repairs: The funds will be used to replace roofing on multiple roofs and repair the parapet coping. Additional work will include addressing water penetration by repairing lintels, skylights, replacing missing bricks and repointing parapet walls to ensure stability.

“These grants offer each organization an opportunity to make vital improvements to their buildings, resulting in updated housing and more stable structures,” Frankel said. “This is an investment into the future of our communities, and I couldn’t be happier or more thankful for everyone involved in these projects.”

More than $9.3 million was awarded to 33 projects in Allegheny County through this round of GEDTF grant funding.