Matzie: $7 million secured to boost Beaver County projects in Ambridge, Hopewell and Aliquippa

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 26 – New funding of $7 million secured from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will support major projects in Ambridge, Hopewell and Aliquippa, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today.

Matzie, D-Beaver, said the funding includes $4.5 million to Centria Enterprises LLC for Phase I work on the Ambridge Community Center Sports Complex; $1.75 million to G&B Development Hopewell LLC to add major public improvements to the Hopewell Business Park; and $750,000 to the Beaver County Industrial Development Authority site preparation and construction of new housing in Aliquippa.

“Bringing tax dollars home is one of, if not the most, important facets of serving as a state legislator,” Matzie said. “RACP funds are competitive and come from a limited pool of dollars. They are not randomly allocated. If a project meets the set criteria, it is up to the individual legislators, through experience and expertise, to champion those projects and secure the funding. I am proud to have done so for these worthy ventures.

“Phase I of the Ambridge Community Center Sports Complex will begin to turn the Centria Steel Mill into a multi-use sports complex.

“The Hopewell Business Park funding will allow for the completion of vitally needed public improvements, setting the state for further growth and development.

“Finally, the grant to Beaver County will support work on The Bricks site in Aliquippa to develop the brownfield site and construct affordable houses there.

“Jobs. Places to live. Places to play. This is a big win for Beaver County.”

Senator Elder Vogel’s efforts were also crucial in securing funding for the above projects in the amounts of $500,000 for Ambridge, $250,000 for Hopewell and $250,000 for Aliquippa.

“These grants are focused on helping communities, be it for economic development, improved housing access or promoting local tourism,” said Vogel.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is administered by the Office of the Budget for acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.