Deasy: McKees Rocks redevelopment effort awarded $100,000 state grant

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced that redevelopment efforts in McKees Rocks received a major boost today with the awarding of a $100,000 state grant.

“The grant to the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation and the county Redevelopment Authority is a shot in the arm for efforts to rejuvenate the borough through implementation of a comprehensive master plan,” Deasy said. “The funding will help implement redevelopment programs dealing with reinvestment, land use, brownfield development and transit.”

The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent state agency that evaluates and administers funding for projects that create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets.

The funds originate from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund Program, which was established to fund community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenue generated from all casinos.

Deasy noted that the redevelopment grant was awarded five months to the day after McKees Rocks and Neville Township agreed to undertake a joint modernization of their zoning ordinances, aided by a $35,000 state grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

“Efforts to rejuvenate McKees Rocks are building momentum,” Deasy said. “The state support is crucial and will pay dividends for years to come.”