Abney: More than $1.2 million awarded for 6 local projects

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 15 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that six local projects have been awarded a combination of more than $1.2 million in state grants.

“These funds are a considerable investment for the entire Pittsburgh region,” Abney said. “After undergoing construction, renovation or repair, these projects will enhance the social and cultural fabric of our communities and have lasting impacts for generations to come.”

Projects awarded today include:

  • $100,000 for ACH Clear Pathways to update/replace the inherited HVAC system at the Kaufmann Center which is over 12 years old and has an expired warranty.
  • $200,000 for the Amani Christian Community Development Corporation to undertake construction, namely earthwork and foundation work, at what will be the Ledlie St. Townhomes.
  • $100,000 to renovate the North Side Animal Shelter. Renovations would include reconfiguring the veterinary clinic layout, relocating and downsizing certain areas to increase the number of animals that can be treated and updating the building’s community room.
  • $200,000 for the Pittsburgh Musical Theater to address water infiltration issues caused by copper flashing being severed. The damaged flashing will be removed and replaced with continuous aluminum. Additionally, programmable LED lighting will be installed, and the masonry caps will be replaced along the building perimeter.
  • $175,000 to Pittsburgh Opera Inc. for expenses during their 2023-24 season.
  • $448,640 for Pittsburgh Symphony Inc. to offset the cost of installing a new gas boiler at Heinz Hall.

These grants are made possible by the Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund which falls under the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the state Commonwealth Financing Authority. The grants provide financial assistance to entities to facilitate economic development projects in Allegheny County.