Deasy: Over $344,000 awarded to 27th District

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded $194,242 to McKees Rocks, in addition to $100,000 given to the borough to rehabilitate four pedestrian stairways and $50,000 for the Construction Workforce Development Program.

Deasy said the $194,242 will help redirect stormwater runoff from the combined sewer system along Gardner and Catherine streets. The projected total project cost is $319,376.

“The project includes changing the flow of five catch basins to an underground infiltration tank that is proposed to be located on borough property at the Rangers Field Park,” Deasy said. “Anytime we make upgrades to our sewer systems, it improves safety to our residents and environment.”

Additionally, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County through the Allegheny County GEDTF Program, will help to develop a mobile construction video game for the Construction Workforce Development Program.

“The proposed game aims to increase diversity, promote awareness of construction careers and science, technology, engineering and math, connect students with apprenticeship programs, help them to understand the roles of commercial builders and how to start a career as a commercial builder,” Deasy said. “Employment in the trade industry provides a good income and are skills that will be in high demand in the future.”

The Construction Advancement Program of Western Pennsylvania estimates that 25,000 new workers will be needed to fill the retirement spots of up to 42,000 construction union trade workers between the years 2022-2027.

As for the McKees Rocks project, Deasy said it includes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of four pedestrian stairways. The cost includes the demolition of concrete, handrails, drainage, surveys and design. The project is scheduled to begin in October and is expected to be completed by November 2019.

“This is wonderful news for the McKees Rocks Borough,” Deasy said. “This grant is the second phase in overhauling our pedestrian stairways in order to make them safer for our residents who will utilize them.”

The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County grants are intended to provide financial assistance to entities to facilitate economic development projects in Allegheny County.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects from programs that are part of the economic stimulus package passed by the General Assembly in 2004. The entity falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.