Freeman welcomes $2 million grant for The Mill at Easton

HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Robert Freeman said The Mill at Easton today was awarded a $2 million state grant for Phase II of the redevelopment project.

“It’s very good news to see that this additional investment is being provided to The Mill at Easton project, which has been building affordable housing and is turning part of the former silk mill site into a commercial area as well,” said Freeman, D-Northampton. “I would like to thank Governor Wolf for releasing this funding and recognizing the importance that The Mill will have for Easton’s South Side.”

The funds will be used for site preparation, construction and related costs to complete the redevelopment of the former silk mill site into a commercial area, including a Dollar General DG Plus Marketplace (featuring perishable and non-perishable groceries and dry goods), a health clinic and other retail uses.

Freeman said that in 2019, a $1 million grant was awarded for the first phase of The Mill at Easton project to construct affordable and market rate housing. Those funds came through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation fund, managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Today’s grant was part of $32.85 million that was awarded to support 13 community, economic development and revitalization projects throughout Pennsylvania.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which this grant was awarded, is a commonwealth grant program overseen by the Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs.