Matzie: $700K secured for major Aliquippa building project

Will convert former St. Joseph School into mixed affordable housing, commercial space

ALIQUIPPA, April 11 – The city of Aliquippa has received a $700,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to support a major project that will transform the former St. Joseph School into affordable residential units and retail space, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today.

Matzie, D-Beaver, said the funding – awarded through the Community Revitalization Fund Program – will support the city’s growth and revitalization efforts in the wake of its exit from Act 47 distressed status.

“As Aliquippa embraces its new independence and forges a path to a stronger, more resilient future, a key part of those efforts will include securing state investments that help revitalize and rebuild the downtown into more productive spaces,” Matzie said. “This new funding from PHFA is going to help fuel that change by supporting a major project that will add jobs; expand affordable housing; and transform the landscape in ways that invite new businesses; stimulate pedestrian traffic; and restore the kind of healthy, vital activity that goes along with building a stronger local economy.

“I’m grateful to PHFA and to the state and local partners who worked with us to secure this funding, which will be key to seeing this project through to completion.”

Matzie said that the completed site will include 11 new and affordable residential units; retail space that will be occupied by a standalone tenant; and adjacent lots with parking, hydroponics lab, a community event space, and a playground. The total project cost is approximately $4.1 million.

The funding was made available through the Community Revitalization Fund Program via the commonwealth’s Mixed-Use Development Tax Credit. More information about the program is available here: