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State lends helping hand to fund variety of projects

The McKees Rocks Police Department welcomed four new vehicles last week. In order, Council Vice President Joe Mixter, President Archie Brinza, Assistant Manager Jenn Slavicek, Borough Manager LeeAnn Wozniak and Officer Ryan Coll are on hand for delivery. In the background are Chief Rick Deliman and Chester Bealles with the car dealership.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded more than $2.1 million in state funding to local projects. Here’s what to look for in your area.

Carnegie: The Borough applied for and was granted $400,000 to upgrade a pavilion to Carnegie Park and add a storage shed to store municipal items and park equipment at Chioda Park.

Coraopolis: $325,000 has been awarded for reconstruction and improvements to Mill Street. The Borough also applied for and was granted $150,000 to replace outdated playground equipment and install a safety surface for the Ridge Avenue Tot Lot.

Crafton: $120,000 to complete Phase 2 of the Crafton Boulevard streetscape project including landscaping and electric vehicle charging station infrastructure.

McKees Rocks: The McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation will receive $500,000 to remediate and stabilize the former bank building located at 602 Chartiers Ave. which has fallen into severe disrepair and includes significant areas of asbestos. McKees Rocks Borough applied for and was granted $246,088 to purchase four police vehicles, along with integrated vehicle and body cameras to improve safety and increase evidence quality.

Stowe: $200,000 to SunCap Property Group LLC for roadway improvements to support the Riverfront Industrial Development project in Stowe Township.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority, which oversees the distribution of the state’s economic stimulus packages to support public projects, awarded funding through its Multimodal Transportation Fund and the Local Share Account.

Local Share Account grants are intended to support projects in the public interest throughout the state and are funded by gaming revenues.

Multimodal Transportation Fund grants are intended to encourage economic development and to ensure safe and reliable transportation is available to residents.



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