Lee: More than $10 million in grants secured for infrastructure, parks and recreation projects

HARRISBURG, April 21 – Multiple projects across the district represented by state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, are receiving money from several state grant programs.

The following projects were all funded through grants disbursed via the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth:

  • Allegheny Land Trust: $365,000 for the Churchill Valley Greenway.
  • CC Mellor Memorial Library and Edgewood Community House: $94,748 for Edgewood Swimming Pool Renovations.
  • Braddock Borough: $27,931 for the 11th Street Boat Dock Feasibility Study.
  • Homestead Borough: $78,246 for the Frick Park Swings and Safety Surface project.
  • Blackridge Civic Association: $109,808 for Stormwater Remediation and Reconstruction Service.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, or Pennvest, has granted the Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority $9.3 million for its Lead Service Line Replacement Program. This project will remove approximately 1,000 existing lead service lines on both the WPJWA and customer sides of the water service lines.

“It’s encouraging that the state is investing in our deserving communities of Braddock and Homestead, sending more than $10 million our way to improve our infrastructure,” Lee said. “These projects will ensure safe drinking water, give our neighbors more outdoor activities, and overall enhance our district. I thank the board members of both the CFA and Pennvest for designating this grant money for our communities.”

The WPJWA is the fifth largest water authority in the state, serving a total of 40,000 customers from the City of Pittsburgh to the Westmoreland County line and from the Monongahela River to the Allegheny River.