Innamorato praises $880,000 in state LSA grants

PITTSBURGH, March 16 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, announced today that four local projects have been awarded $880,269 in state Local Share Account grants.

“These grants will provide essential dollars for multiple community resources and institutions to make accessibility improvements, repair infrastructure and lay the groundwork for new resources,” Innamorato said. “Thank you to Senators Williams and Fontana for your collective collaboration in securing these funds.”

An $85,736 grant was awarded to Shaler Township to modernize the Shaler North Hills Library’s 37-year-old elevator. A project will update the cab, lighting and mechanical components to allow the elevator to operate more efficiently for the library.

The Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority, on behalf of the Etna Community Center, received a $400,000 grant to convert the historic Osche Building into The Etna Center for Community. This multi-use redevelopment project will contain a library and community center intended for the first floor and four affordable apartments on the second and third floors.

“The Etna Community Organization, Etna Borough and the residents of Etna are ecstatic to be receiving the largest grant to date to bring a library and community center to Etna. Our community has been dreaming about bringing this asset back to Etna for a long time, and this funding is a huge step toward bringing that dream to life,” executive director for the Etna Community Organization Megan Tunon said. “We wouldn't have gotten this far without the constant support and advocacy of our state Representative Sara Innamorato, our state Senator Lindsey Williams and all of the local officials, regional partners and community members who have been working tirelessly toward this effort."

Reserve Township was allocated a $300,000 grant to improve deficiencies in the storm sewer mains and catch basins on West Beckert Street.

Finally, a $94,533 grant was allotted to the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, on behalf of the Pittsburgh Opera, to replace the elevator at the latter’s headquarters. The new elevator will improve the safety of the 6,000 people that visit the building every year, sustain economic activity at the headquarters and facilitate access for people with disabilities.

LSA grants are made possible by the PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (Act 71 of 2004) and provide for the distribution of gaming revenues through the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support projects in the public interest within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.