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25th District to Benefit from $7.8 Million in State Economic Development Grants
December 23, 2013
Four construction and renovation projects in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded $7.8 million in state grants through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP), according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
Scarnati pushed hard to have funding included for the projects, which are intended to create jobs, encourage economic development and improve the quality of life for area residents.
“These grants are an investment in our communities and will help to provide more jobs, opportunities and services for the folks who live here,” Scarnati said. “I’m pleased that the state recognizes the importance of funding and completing them through the RACP program.”
Grants were awarded for the following projects:
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford — $3 million to complete the renovation of the first floor (8,335 square feet) of the Seneca Building to create the Marilyn Horne Exhibit Center.
Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems (Children’s Home of Bradford) — $3 million to build a 7,300 square foot bedroom addition to a residential building, including site work, grading, courtyard, plantings, and utility service upgrades. The project also includes renovation of the administration building, including a 7,000 square foot addition for a training center, and construction of a 90-space parking area and retaining wall.
Brockway Technical Training Center – $1 million to transform and rehabilitate an existing 75,000 square foot building into a modern multi-use building providing opportunities through education, the arts, health care facilities, apartments, and a café. The project will employ more than 50 individuals, provide educational and job training programs to approximately 200 individuals, offer living accommodations to 30 individuals, and make health care services to many area residents.
Ridgeway YMCA — $800,000 to redesign and renovate the current pool and expand the fitness area. The project is necessary to comply with federal requirements, including making the pool accessible under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.