Benham announces more than $228K in funding for safety, renovation projects in 36th District

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today that a total of $229,392 in Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal and Act 13 funding has been awarded to two projects in the 36th District.  

“Our region is in need of these investments because these projects not only enhance the quality of life for residents, but also work to ensure upgrades and enhancements are made to our infrastructure for the benefit of public safety,” Benham said. “Enriching our communities via projects like these equate to long-term investments for generations.” 

Awards have been granted as follows:  

  • $100,000 for the 2400 East Carson Street Transportation Improvement Project. 
    • Gregg Developmental Services LP is planning a complete rehabilitation and revitalization of a corner along Carson Street in the heart of Pittsburgh’s southside. Project specifics include sidewalk, curbs and other exterior components that will enhance pedestrian safety. The sidewalks will be on a portion of Carson Street, South 24th Street, Sarah Street and Carey Way. 
  • $129,392 to the South Side Community Council for the Esser's Plaza Renovation Project. 
    • South Side Community Council is planning to replace the commercial corridor's deteriorated and unsafe plaza. The project involves the demolition and grading of the soil and arrangement for proper drainage; electrical lines will be laid to improve lighting; and new pavers will be installed. New pavement that better delineates the plaza and extends to the curb to maximize the small space will also be poured. Planting beds, planter railing, associated soil, mulch and plants will be installed. Precast circular lawn benches will be installed for seating. 

Benham explained that the CFA is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth, and is responsible for the administration of Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. Unique among state agencies in structure and scope, the CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking and Securities. Project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from legislative appointees.  

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.  

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for statewide initiatives for complying with the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act.