Homewood, Hunt Armory projects to receive state funding

Projects will support park area, pedestrian and bicycle access paths

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12 – Two projects to improve pedestrian access to other ongoing major redevelopment projects were selected to receive $700,000 in state support, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced today.

“These grants will help connect redevelopment projects at the Hunt Armory and Wilkinsburg Station with the community by providing safe, accessible pathways and passages,” Gainey said. “These projects have the potential to provide needed economic and cultural development, but only if they are easily accessible by the community, which is why these connection projects are needed.”

Specifically, the grants announced today include:

  • $500,000 to rebuild a portion of Emerson Street, related to the redevelopment of the Hunt Armory into a flexible space that can serve as a venue for street festivals and other community events.
  • $200,000 to improve connections within the Homewood neighborhood between the Wilkinsburg Station and the East Busway, including pedestrian and bicycle paths.

The grants were among dozens awarded across the state Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Agency’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, which encourages economic development and ensures that safe and reliable transportation is more widely available to Pennsylvanians.

In addition to the state grants announced Tuesday, a $200,000 grant from the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development fund was also awarded to assist with the rehabilitation of the Lexington Technology Building into 150 new homes.

The gaming development fund is financed by gaming activity in the county. The fund is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the Commonwealth Financing Authority.