Governor Wolf Announces the Elimination and Redevelopment of Blight in Downtown Carbondale

August 21, 2018

Carbondale, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the elimination and redevelopment of multiple acres of property located in the downtown business district of Carbondale, Lackawanna County, revitalizing the community and creating approximately 25 new jobs.

“Similar to other communities in the coal regions of Pennsylvania, Carbondale has worked to reinvent itself, removing blighted buildings and creating new opportunities for economic and community growth,” Governor Wolf said. “Awarding this funding to redevelop the downtown business district will contribute significantly to regrowth in both bricks-and-mortar structures and in jobs – welcome signs for the community.”

The City of Carbondale was approved for a $500,000 grant for the acquisition and demolition of blighted structures, substantial site development, and the construction of two new commercial buildings, approximately 15,000 and 8,000 square feet in size. Upon completion, the project is expected to create 25 jobs and will encourage new private business investment within the city.

“Anytime we can invest in rebuilding our towns and cities we’re doing the right thing,” Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich said. “These dollars will help create jobs, preserve open spaces and encourage that small town feeling where people live, work and raise a family that America is all about. I want to thank Governor Wolf and all the local officials that worked as a team to make this happen.”

“The City of Carbondale continues to be a model for how state funding and private investment can revitalize downtown areas, create jobs and generate positive economic activity,” Senator John Blake said. “This project will breathe new life into a blighted block in the heart of the city’s business district and I appreciate the governor’s continued attention to community development needs in our small cities.”

As coal mining declined in the 1950s, Carbondale entered a lengthy period of economic decline that hampered local community and business investment, leading to a surplus of blighted land and buildings in the city. This project is a crucial component of Carbondale’s efforts to revitalize the community and attract business and investment to the downtown area, strengthening the economy and making Carbondale a better place to live and work.

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

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