Governor Wolf Announces Funding for New Johnstown Park, Helps Unveil Community-led, Two-Mile Iron to Arts Corridor Plan
August 16, 2018
Johnstown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by local officials and business and non-profit leaders in Cambria County today to announce new funding to redevelop an abandoned rail site on Clinton Street to create a new community park. The park will become the gateway to a two-mile proposed Iron to Arts Corridor that local officials unveiled during the press conference.
“We are investing in Johnstown’s quality of life to continue the revitalization of this area and boost the economy,” said Governor Wolf. “Working together, the state and community will transform this unused land and unlock its potential for improvements here and throughout the city.”
“The Gautier Steel project symbolizes the comeback of downtown Johnstown and the potential that this great city hold,” said Senator Wayne Langerholc. “Projects like this that think outside the box will attract new business and stimulate new economic activity. Additionally, this will enhance the quality of life for our region and will provide many meaningful recreational opportunities.”
Gautier Steel was awarded $500,000 in funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the community park project that also includes the Johnstown Industrial Development Corporation and other community partners. The funding will be used toward the purchase of some of the land from Norfolk Southern and construct the park with a playground, space for a farmer’s market and other events, and new landscaping, lighting, sidewalks, and signage.
“I’m thrilled about this grant which will transform a crucial abandoned parcel into a hub of ongoing community investment and activity,” Representative Bryan Barbin said. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for releasing funds that will serve as a linchpin of a business and recreational corridor located in the heart of Johnstown.”
The park would mark the northeast corner of the proposed Iron to Arts Corridor project. The two-mile plan includes infrastructure improvements, new landscaping, street murals at several intersections, decorative lighting, facade enhancements, and trails to connect the city’s history to its expanding business and art community.
From 2015 through July of this year, the commonwealth helped to secure more than $99 million in various transportation, business development, and community revitalization projects throughout the Johnstown region.
A previously announced $1.4 million state grant for improvements along Washington and Clinton Streets is part of the Iron to Arts Corridor proposal.
Separately, Gautier Steel was also awarded a $2 million grant in 2016 toward construction of a plate mill for production of non-aerospace titanium for the United States Department of Defense and other markets.
RACP funding support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.