Gainey: $123,000-plus awarded to combat blight in local communities

Grants will allow for planning, property redevelopment

WILKINSBURG, May 26 – Two local projects to renovate a vacant building and create a comprehensive plan for addressing blight in Homewood have been awarded more than $123,000 in state funding, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced today.

The funding, part of more than $12 million awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Blight Remediation Program for projects statewide, was announced Tuesday.

“These grants mark another important investment in our communities by the state,” Gainey said. “They will allow us to not only address an immediate need on Fairmont Street, but also plan out a strategy for addressing the needs of Homewood. I’m thrilled to share this news and want to congratulate everyone who is involved in these projects.”

Projects funded locally included:

  • Friendship, City of Bridges CLT - $106,000 to acquire and redevelop a property on Fairmont Street.
  • Homewood, City of Pittsburgh - $17,500 to help fund a comprehensive blight plan for Homewood.