Pittsburgh, Pa. − August 1, 2019 − Senator Lindsey M. Williams announced that the following four projects have been awarded grant funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP):
- Harrison Point Business Park in Harrison Township was awarded $1,000,000;
- Larimer School Redevelopment in Pittsburgh was awarded $1,000,000;
- Negley Building Acquisition and Renovation in Pittsburgh was awarded $400,000; and
- Sheet Metal Workers Capital Improvements in Harmar Township was awarded $500,000.
The Harrison Point Business Park project will aid in the construction of a mixed-use business park. The funds will be used for site preparation, including storm water mitigation, utility installation, and roadwork, in preparation for the construction of new housing facilities.
The Larimer School Redevelopment project will focus on white boxing the former auditorium and gymnasium in the vacant Larimer School Building. Once interior demolition is completed, the spaces will be outfitted with new HVAC and electrical systems, bathrooms, walls, ceilings, and floors. These improved conditions will allow the project to attract new tenants to the building.
The Negley Building project includes the purchase and renovation of the property at 745 North Negley Avenue for the Mt. Ararat Community Center. Renovations include replacing the roof, HVAC system, flooring, electrical system, and restroom and kitchen fixtures. Additionally, sprinkler and plumbing systems, stormwater retention and mitigation systems, and a controlled access system to ensure the safety of the child care classrooms were added.
The Sheet Metal Workers Capital Improvements project includes physical improvements to the Sheet Metal Industry union hall, including a new HVAC system, electrical upgrades, and a new exterior door, as well as a new roof, exterior repairs, and plumbing improvements to the current training facility. Grant funds will also be used to purchase new furniture, fixtures, and equipment for the reception and kitchen area in the union hall.
“I’m thrilled to see such diverse projects receiving funding across District 38,” said Senator Williams. “We have a mixed-use housing and business park in Harrison, the addition of affordable housing in Larimer, renovations to a community and child care center in the City, and the improvement of the Sheet Metal Workers training facility in Harmar. These projects represent the some of the best work of our residents—repurposing older buildings to meet our current housing needs, educating and training the next generation, and bringing new businesses to the area.”
RACP funding is awarded to projects that focus on the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. These projects should either increase or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue, or other measures of economic activity.