Governor Wolf Announces $2.5 Million Grant for West Scranton Revitalization Project
September 23, 2016
Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator John Blake and Representative Marty Flynn to announce $2.5 million in funding to support the design, construction, and development of a multiple-story, 15,000 square foot building on a blighted block of West Scranton.
“Through this investment, we will create new construction and job opportunities, and will help to complement the existing medical corridor being established in West Scranton and revitalize a blighted property,” Governor Wolf said. “This type of project is exactly what the commonwealth should be funding – one that provides new opportunities for businesses to grow here and provides hope for a neighborhood on the upswing.”
The Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program (RACP) funds will help the City of Scranton support the nearly $5.5 million total cost of the project.
“The West Scranton Revitalization Project will provide incredible resources for the community by adding a physical therapist office, a state-of-the-art bio-tech office and much-needed market-rate housing,” said Senator Blake. “I applaud Governor Wolf and the Office of the Budget for their work to identify this project as a priority and ultimately deliver $2.5 million in state funding to West Scranton.”
“This administration continues to move forward in strengthening our economy through the creation of good, solid jobs throughout our commonwealth,” said Rep. Flynn. “The new facility that will be completed here will provide for many construction jobs for our skilled trades and then permanent jobs in the medical, health and bioscience field. I look forward to working with Governor Wolf in bringing in more economic development to Lackawanna County.”
The property is located along the 1100-block of Main Avenue in West Scranton, an area experiencing a degree of redevelopment as a consequence of the immediate downtown redevelopment near Mount Pleasant Corporate Center, whose tenants include Geisinger Health System, Physicians Health Alliance, Lab Corp, and Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
The first floor of the new facility will be occupied by a regional Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, a family owned and operated business in multiple counties since 2003. The physical therapy offices will complement the existing businesses located in the existing medical corridor being established in West Scranton. The second floor will be marketed to the bioscience industry-on the heels of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Bioscience Initiative. In 2012, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Bioscience Initiative (NEPA RBI) was developed by area healthcare, education, government, private sector, and economic development leaders, focused on increasing life science careers and business opportunities within the region.
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