Wheatley: More than $32 million in state grants coming to district

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley announced more than $32 million in state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants for the 19th Legislative District.

“This is great news for our portion of the city,” said Wheatley, D-Allegheny. “I was pleased to help bring this funding to the district and I thank Governor Wolf for releasing the funding for these worthwhile projects.”

Here is a brief description of each of the projects and amount awarded:

  • Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County -- $2 million for COVID-19 renovations and construction to each of its four facilities, including preventative sanitization, touchless areas, mechanical and air filtration systems and other construction to main entrance and retail food/service areas.
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, downtown – $1 million to renovate its first and second floors for new spaces for children and teens to support creative and connected learning, meeting rooms, adult space and extending the elevator and stairs to the second floor.
  • City’s Edge -- $1.2 million for construction of a community health care center and pharmacy, outdoor space and parking on Lot F, a vacant surface parking lot in the 1400 block of Colwell Street.
  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center -- $2 million for critical roof repairs and new programmable event space, including phase 2 of the fourth floor terrace.
  • EIC-TI-Energy Innovation Center -- $750,000 to build out 22,000 square feet of interior space of the Energy Innovation Center.
  • Fifth and Dinwiddie Development – $500,000 to develop 172 mixed-income apartments, including both market rate and affordable housing, and commercial space, as well as outside plaza space.
  • FNB Financial Center -- $6 million to build a mixed-use 26-story office tower, including retail space and parking.
  • Heinz Hall- Pittsburgh Symphony -- $3.5 million to renovate the building, including new seating, which will provide ADA compliance.
  • History Center Penn Ave. Expansion -- $3 million to complete and enhance its tourism facilities, including adding an orientation theater, new gallery spaces and expanded education resources.
  • Lower Hill Block E -- $3 million to create a mixed-use development featuring a live entertainment venue, commercial space, parking and public safety.
  • Lower Hill Community Parking -- $4 million to redevelop the 28-acre site for community-shared parking.
  • McNaugher School Redevelopment Project -- $500,000 to turn the facility into a community resource mall for the North Side neighborhoods.
  • Point Park University Professional Career and Readiness Center -- $1 million to complete renovation and construction to incorporate a career and readiness center and making it energy efficient.
  • Press Building Redevelopment -- $1 million for phase 1 of this project, which includes interior demolition and abatement.
  • Warrington Recreation Center -- $1 million to improve the center, including adding an elevator and new HAC, plumbing, electric and other systems, as well as new fixtures and equipment.
  • Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine -- $2 million to build an 81,000 square-foot building as the home for the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.