Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $3.8 million in funding through the Keystone Communities program to support 30 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.
“We are making impactful investments to revitalize communities and strengthen business development efforts. This important influx of funds will go a long way toward improving the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the state,” said Governor Wolf.
Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.
“This $3.8 million in funding will have a tremendous positive effect throughout the commonwealth in projects ranging from accessible housing projects to important business façade improvements,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “Pennsylvania continues to support the economic recovery and well-being of our communities through important programs like Keystone Communities.”
The commonwealth strongly encourages community-based organizations, public agencies, business leaders, private developers, financial institutions, and private citizens to work in partnership with local government to develop a comprehensive approach to address community development and housing needs. These partnerships create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania.
The following list highlights Keystone Communities projects being announced today:
- Alpha Fire Company No. 1: $350,000 to construct a fire station and community facility in the Borough of Littlestown.
- Borough of Castle Shannon: $50,000 for the designated Keystone Community program to implement a façade improvement program in the borough’s downtown business district. The project will help complete at least 10 façades.
- Mon Valley Initiative: $250,000 for the construction of an urban park in the center of the Borough of Braddock.
- Urban Redevelopment Authority: $100,000 to support the city-wide façade program and create a new program focused on businesses along Penn Avenue.
- Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh: $176,180 to support the Home Accessibility Program for Independence which provides accessible modification and renovation to homes within the city of Pittsburgh.
- Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh: $350,000 to support an anchor building project in the Homewood neighborhood’s business district.
- Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation: $25,000 to support a comprehensive parking study of Wilkinsburg’s designated Keystone Main Street district.
- Downtown Bedford, Incorporated: $50,000 for the designated Keystone Main Street program to implement a façade grant program in the downtown business district. The project will help complete at least 10 façades.
- Quakertown Borough: $50,000 for the designated Keystone Main Street program to continue the façade program in the downtown business district with a new and additional focus on a Latino Storefront initiative.
- Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program along the Mill Street Business District in Bristol Borough.
- Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation: $50,000 for the designated Keystone Community program to implement a façade improvement program in the borough’s business district. The project will help complete at least 10 façades.
- County of Chester: $100,000 to support the Chester County Home Modification Program through the Housing Partnership of Chester County.
- Chester Economic Development Authority: $99,800 to assist with site preparation work associated with the Arbor Homes affordable housing project.
- Smithfield Borough: $32,000 to support upgrades to the public playground and park.
- Borough of Chambersburg: $10,000 for a planning grant to update and extend the existing Five-Year Strategic Plan.
- City of Bethlehem: $25,000 for the development of a blight remediation plan.
- Community Action Development Corporation of Lehigh Valley: $18,617 to support the efforts of the designated Keystone Community program with streetscape amenities.
- Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress: $199,703 to support the designated Keystone Main Street program with the phased renovations of a blighted property on West Broad Street to create a business incubator.
- City of Bradford: $500,000 for the designated Keystone Community program to address neglected physical conditions in designated 2nd Ward neighborhood to include construction of new single-story homes, commercial rehabilitation and restoration, and key infrastructure upgrades.
- City of Bradford: $50,000 for the designated Keystone Community program to implement a façade improvement program in the city’s downtown area. The project will help complete at least 10 façades.
- Mercer County: $300,000 to support the county-wide accessible housing program administered by the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission with Lawrence County Social Services, Inc.
- Ardmore Initiative: $50,000 for the designated Keystone Main Street program to continue implementation of the façade improvement program in the Ardmore Business District. The project will help complete at least 10 façades.
- Greater Easton Development Partnership: $50,000 for the designated Keystone Main Street program to continue implementation of the façade improvement program in downtown business district. The project will help complete at least 10 façades.
- Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust: $75,000 to support accessible housing modification in Northampton County with a focus on the Boroughs of Wind Gap, Pen Argyl, Bangor, and Portland.
- Housing Authority of Northumberland County: $200,000 for a county-wide blight remediation project. The funding supports the continuation of a successful targeted blight remediation effort undertaken the last several years in the county.
- City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce: $175,000 to support the city’s façade grant program in targeted corridors, furthering the goal of bringing commercial corridor revitalization to neighborhoods citywide and making investments within the lowest-income areas.
- NSA Education Network: $249,870 to support an initiative encouraging workforce training through public improvement.
- Borough of Minersville: $100,000 to construct the Legion Memorial Park on the site of the former American Legion building downtown.
- Shenandoah Borough: $17,500 to support a planning grant on behalf of the designated Keystone Main Street program, Downtown Shenandoah, Inc., to complete the conceptual and pre-development activities associated with a proposed “innovation center” in the central business district.
- Forest City Borough: $46,330 for the installation of sidewalk illumination along Main Street.