The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) awarded $4,223,330 in grants for projects in the 38th Senatorial District, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich.
The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
The Multimodal Transportation Fund Program (MTFP) was created as part of Pennsylvania’s 2013 Transportation Funding Plan (Act 89). Money for the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP), the Flood Mitigation Program (FMP) and the Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program (OAWPP) are generated through the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which distributes impact fee revenue to projects across the state.
“I am extremely pleased to see the CFA has awarded grants for these projects that will certainly improve the quality of life for the residents of the 38th Senatorial District,” said Senator Vulakovich. “I was pleased to work with my colleagues in support of these important projects in our shared communities. This certainly reflects and is a tribute to the bipartisan efforts of elected officials at the state and local levels.”
The local awards include:
Riverfront 47, LP, received a $1.5 million MTFP grant and a $250,000 GTRP grant for transportation improvements along Main and 19th streets in Sharpsburg Borough to provide access to the Allegheny riverfront area planned for development while improving vehicular and pedestrian safety. Planned improvements include traffic light installation, removal of pier infrastructure to allow tractor trailer access, and installation of access routes for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
“These improvements are intended to spur the development of a 60-acre, 1.5 mile section of the riverfront. With this work, this section will be more attractive for residential, retail, industrial and recreational development,” said Senator Vulakovich. “This mixed-use development would bring renewed vibrancy to the riverfront and stimulate economic growth in neighboring communities as well.”
R & Z Harrison Properties LP received a $1,565,198 MTFP grant for the reconstruction and relocation of Pleasant Avenue in Harrison Township. The work includes roadway grading and paving, storm water management and installation of curbing, sidewalks and guiderails. The relocation project is part of the development of Harrison Point, a 400,000 square-foot office/commercial park and the restoration of access to Silver Lake Park.
“Pleasant Avenue is a dangerous road as it is now. It was relocated to its current location in the 1980s by the construction of Route 28 and it was not well designed for its role in the local transportation network,” said Senator Vulakovich. “This project will address those safety issues while enhancing the economic development of Harrison Point and potentially other economic development initiatives in Harrison Township.”
In a related award, Harrison Township received a $249,000 GTRP grant for a trail expansion project at Silver Lake Park. The grant will facilitate the donation of 22 acres to the township to expand the existing park and allow for the design and construction of a trail to provide access to the new and existing park areas.
“Currently, the only access to the park is via a steep pedestrian trail along the old access road, which meant the park has been virtually inaccessible for more than 20 years,” Senator Vulakovich said. “The expansion project and the construction of a new trail will restore accessibility to the park for all citizens.”
The Township of Pine received a $466,669 MTFP grant to construct a biking/pedestrian trail along Pearce Mill Road and Warrendale Road.
“This project will provide bikers and hikers with an asphalt path that connects the Pine Community Park, the Tressdale Residential Community and the Pine Community Center,” said Senator Vulakovich.
Richland Township received a $192,400 OAWPP grant to plug two abandoned gas wells, one on a residential property and the other on the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower property.
“This project will address health and safety concerns and facilitate the proposed redevelopment of the Pittsburgh Cut Flower property as a 55+ active adult community,” Senator Vulakovich said.
The Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy received a $63,000 GTRP grant for the Wexford Run Crossing connection to the Harmony Trail in Pine Township.
“The project will improve the trail through the construction of a bridge over Wexford Run and the acquisition of two tax-delinquent properties near the trail junction to expand the conservation area and allow for more native plant growth,” said Senator Vulakovich.
Contact: Melissa Girty (412) 487-6600