PITTSBURGH, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Paul Costa announced that Action Housing will soon begin construction again at the site of the former Homestead Bakery Building. Empty since 2010, Action Housing took on the redevelopment project in 2016 with the goal of creating 26 units of mixed income housing and commercial space. It was awarded $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program money from the state for this development. “The revitalization of this building with a combination of public and private investment is the perfect example of how the state can work with locals to breathe new life into a community,” said Costa, D-Allegheny. “Homestead’s revival should be a model for other boroughs looking to modernize existing buildings and attract new residents.” Homestead once boasted a vibrant business environment, but suffered when U.S. Steel production declined. Many of the buildings from that period remain; however, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Losing a major industry, like Homestead lost steel production, can be devastating for a community or it can provide the opportunity for incredible real estate projects,” Costa said. “Homestead has turned its loss into a gain by being creative and looking for different investments and partnerships.” At the site of the former steel plant in Homestead now sits The Waterfront, one of the largest redeveloped major retail sites in the Read more
BRADDOCK, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, is reminding graduating high school seniors and their families about the availability of the 2018 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship. The four-year scholarship is awarded to two students preparing to enter post-secondary education. Each award is approximately the value of one semester of tuition at a state-related university. The award for the 2017-18 school year was $4,500. "This is a worthwhile opportunity for any high school senior interested in furthering their education, whether it's at a four-year college, community college or trade school," Costa said. "But, you have to apply, and I encourage students to do so." The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship was the brainchild of Costa several years ago. He created the program, along with two other representatives, and raised the money for the fund, which finances the scholarships. "I'm happy to see my efforts to provide funding opportunities for students are making a difference for those who want to continue their education after high school," Costa said. "It's important to me that these kinds of opportunities exist." The application deadline is March 1, and applicants must be Pennsylvania high school residents who have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, plan to attend a state college, university or career school as a full-time student, and demonstrate leadership Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, is commending Gov. Tom Wolf for approving more than $800,000 in state tax credits to encourage area businesses and organizations to invest in projects to improve the community. “These tax credits are crucial to the success of our neighborhoods,” Costa said. “Offering businesses an incentive to invest in our community gives us the best opportunity to strengthen the struggling areas, attract more residents, and ultimately grow our local economy.” The tax credits were awarded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), Special Program Priorities (SPP), and Charitable Food Program (CFP), all of which are part of the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) that is geared towards helping distressed areas. Costa said a $160,000 tax credit given through the NPP will be used by the Mon Valley Initiative to assist more than 500 people, primarily low-income, in Braddock by first upgrading access to new and improved programming at the Braddock Carnegie Library and adding new commercial and residential properties in year one. In year two, the plan is to: Increase the average home sale value from $17,500 to $35,000; and Reduce the residential vacancy rate while increasing homeownership. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh was granted a $131,250 tax credit through the SPP to buy and rehab vacant properties before Read more
Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, honors the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf's Soccer and Volleyball on their championship wins. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 12 – Reiterating his longstanding belief that all medical decisions are best left to doctors and patients, state Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, offered the following statement regarding S.B. 3, a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks – down from the current 24 – and make no exceptions for pregnancies for rape or incest, or for seriously malformed fetuses: “While I do not believe that abortion should be used as a form of birth control, I am of the firm belief that such decisions should be made between the doctor and the patient – not by me. I am not a doctor, but I have heard from OB-GYNs that this bill would be limiting their ability to treat their patients. “I evaluate each and every bill and amendment carefully – on some I have been pro-life, on some pro-choice – but ultimately the goal should be the health and safety of the patient. To accomplish that, you’ve got to give doctors the ability to do their jobs. “Personally, I believe that if a patient gets to the 24th week, they fully intended to see the pregnancy through but something drastic must have happened. In such instances, it makes no sense to restrict or limit the safe medical options available to them.” Costa also noted that S.B. 3 is similar in intent to H.B. 1948 of 2016, which he also voted against. Read more
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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, announced a $100,000 state grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to help fund the next phase of improvements to Lions Park in Wilkins Township. “This is exactly the type of project our state dollars should be used for,” Costa said. “It’s crucial to keep our parks updated because it gives residents a place to frequent and entice others to join our neighborhood. I’ve always been a proponent of keeping the community growing and these improvements go towards that goal.” Phase two of the construction project involves a playground expansion, which includes new play equipment, a deck hockey rink, a dog park, a volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, and a paved walking trail. The total project cost is $366,115. The grant is funded through CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The Commonwealth Financing Authority administers and finances economic development projects and is an independent agency created by the legislature. The agency oversees the state’s Building PA, Business in Our Sites, PennWorks, New PA Venture, Capitol Investment, New Pennsylvania VENTURE Guarantee, Tax Increment Financing Guarantee, Second Stage Loan and other programs. These programs are aimed at using targeted state investments for economic development in all regions of the state. To find out more about CFA programs, visit www.newpa.com . ### Read more
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, is applauding the approval of a state grant to help pay for street and safety improvements in Swissvale and Edgewood boroughs. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $233,779 to go toward the third phase of the streetscape improvement project in Swissvale's business district along Noble Street, which includes installing 18 decorative street lamps and 18 trees. The money will also focus on the Regent Square area, which connects the two boroughs. This portion of the project will involve: Installing approximately 240 square feet of stamped and dyed concrete crosswalks; Two bump-outs on South Braddock Avenue; Four disability-accessible ramps; and One solar-powered rectangular rapid flashing beacon system. “This project began in 2014 and it’s great to see state funding being granted to reach the final product,” Costa said. “This project not only makes the community look in tiptop condition, but also echoes my priority of providing a safe place for our residents to live.” The total project cost is $351,255. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today that Homestead is the recipient of a $1.2 million low-interest loan to address storm runoff around Barrett Elementary School on East 12th Avenue, Homestead. The borough will work with Steel Valley School District and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to install four infiltration trenches with 18,900 cubic feet of storage. "This green infrastructure project around the school is designed to address the potential health hazard of combined sewage overflows into the Monongahela River during wet weather," Costa said. "Its capacity will be enough to handle a worst-case weather scenario -- a 100-year, 24-hour storm." The total project cost is $1.8 million, with $618,525 of that cost being paid for by a state H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. The rest will be funded by the 30-year low-interest loan, at 1 percent interest from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. Without this funding, Costa said, residential customers would see their bills increase by 4 percent. About eight jobs are expected to be created by the project. Pennvest serves Pennsylvania communities by funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects. The projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and residents’ health, as well as provide jobs and opportunities for economic growth. Read more
Rep. Paul Costa reports that the Pittsburgh region is losing three films and hundreds of local jobs because of the state budget impasse directed by House Republican leadership. “Over $100 million in local investments are gone with the wind with the inaction by House Republican leadership," Costa said. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced that two projects in his legislative district were approved for $300,000 in state grants. The PA Small Water and Sewer grants were funded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages, including Multimodal, Act 13 and water and sewer funds. "These grants are crucial for the municipalities to continue making infrastructure improvements in their communities," Costa said. The grants approved in Costa's district are: $200,000 for Wilkins Township for sewer system upgrades along Mortimer and Highland avenues; and $100,000 for Braddock Hills Borough structural repairs within its sanitary sewer system. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Paul Costa joined fellow democrats and republicans at a news conference held at the Capitol Media Center to discuss the regulation of video gaming terminals across the commonwealth. Read more
Rep. Paul Costa is appointed to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. “I look forward to the challenges of making higher education more accessible and affordable to Pennsylvania’s students," the 10-term Allegheny County lawmaker reports.
Rep. Paul Costa will continue leading the fight to improve consumer convenience with his reappointmentas Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – Two local projects will benefit from more than $300,000 in state grant funds state Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today. The grants were funded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages, including the Multimodal and Act 13 funds. In West Homestead, the $71,685 grant will be used to replace 1,010 linear feet of sidewalk along the south side of state Route 837 in the borough. Handicapped access ramps will also be installed at two intersections along the route. The project is estimated to cost more than $102,000. "This funding is crucial for the borough to continue to make necessary improvements to its infrastructure," Rep. Costa said. "I applaud the officials who worked on these grants for the betterment of our local community." The CFA also approved funds to support an environmental assessment and structural inspection of the Carrie Furnace ‘hot metal bridge’ in Swissvale Borough. The $313,305 grant will be used to evaluate the structure and its existing paint system to assess contaminate levels and develop necessary remediation and rehabilitation plans. "The Carrie Furnace Bridge remains a critical component of our transportation infrastructure in Allegheny County and we remain focused on making improvements to bring it back online," Read more
Harrisburg – Oct. 25, 2016 – More than half a million dollars in grant funds have been awarded to support the development of walkways, green space and streambank restorations in Allegheny County, according to state Rep. Paul Costa and Sen. Jay Costa (D- Forest Hills) Three projects will receive funding made available by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages including the Multimodal funds, Watershed Restoration and Protection funds and the Act 13 programs. “These projects are critically important to the future of our communities,” Sen. Costa said. “Investing in local projects opens the door to new job opportunities and sparks continued economic growth and development. That’s an investment that will pay dividends for years to come.” Through the CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Funds program, the following grants were approved: Churchill Community Developments, $240,320 to construct a pond and boardwalk at The Shoppes in Pittsburgh Studios located in Churchill Borough; Riverview Apartments Inc., $240,000 for the construction of accessible walking pathways and multi-generational outdoor activity areas in Pittsburgh. Rep. Costa said that the former Westinghouse Research property in Churchill has significant economic potential and he was pleased that the funding was approved. “The Read more
Pa state Rep. and Liquor Control Committee Democratic Chairman Paul Costa joined Gov. Tom Wolf in launching wine sales in grocery stores. Costa was proud to help guide recent legislation through the House that brings convenience to customers and more jobs and revenue to Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in the rolling launch of wine sales in grocery sales in Pennsylvania. With Wegmans in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County as the backdrop, the governor purchased the first bottle of wine as part of the store’s initial pilot test launch for wine-to-go sales. The Wegmans location already offers sales of six-packs of beer, said Costa, Democratic chairman of the Liquor Control Committee. "With this store now offering customers the opportunity to purchase wine along with their groceries, it is adding the consumer convenience many Pennsylvanians have been asking for," Costa said. "I look forward to seeing more businesses finally providing this convenience which will also help raise revenue for the commonwealth." As of Aug. 31, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved 120 wine expanded permits for wine-to-go sales, including Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle. The approval is part of the changes under Act 39 when it went into effect on Aug. 8. Other changes include allowing more Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores to be open on Sundays, expanding hours and allowing residents to have wine shipped directly to their homes. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced that several projects in his legislative district were approved for nearly $2 million in grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. "These grants are crucial for the municipalities to continue making improvements in their communities," Costa said. "I commend the officials who worked to get these grants and the CFA for awarding them." The grants approved in Costa's district are: • $1 million for the Churchill Community Development for The Shoppes at Pittsburgh Studios; • $500,000 for the URA Nine Mile Phase 3 Connector Road and Bridge; • $97,325 for the Swissvale Borough Collingwood Playground; • $112,412 for North Braddock to assist with repairing and rehabilitating Brinton Playground; and • $218,000 for Wilkins Township to assist in renovating Lions Park. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Paul Costa honors the life and legacy of William “Coach” Campbell, who was a respected businessman, advisor and mentor in Silicon Valley. As a noted philanthropist, Campbell gave back to his hometown community of Homestead and the Steel Valley School District. Campbell recently passed away at the age of 75. Read more
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