Green Tree awarded $697,690 state grant for pedestrian safety upgrades

Grants also OK’d for projects in Chatham Village Homes, McKees Rocks

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced that a $697,690 state grant was approved today for sidewalk improvements along Greentree Road and Mansfield Avenue in Green Tree.

Three additional projects – two in Chatham Village and one in McKees Rocks -- also were approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency that administers Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages.

“The grant to Green Tree will bring about marked improvements to pedestrian safety and infrastructure along two major thoroughfares in the borough,” Deasy said. “The grant will provide the lion’s share of the almost $1 million project and is deeply appreciated.”

Deasy said the grant through the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program will be used to install new curbs and sidewalks along Mansfield Avenue between Holiday and Trumbull drives and along Greentree Road between Pocono and Orchard drives.

The projects also will entail replacing or repairing inlets, manhole frames and lids, and storm conveyances as well as landscaping and replacing signs.

Deasy said Chatham Village Homes Charities Trust was approved for a $175,000 grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to restore the play facility with safer play equipment and rehabilitate the surrounding park. As part of the $347,000 project, an area for children with special needs will be installed.

The trust also was awarded a $75,000 grant to help complete renovations at Chatham Hall, a popular meeting spot, and include replacing the roof and gutters, restoring the porch and installing a heating/ventilation system.

Additional grant uses include revitalizing storefronts on Bigham Street and restoring garages and underground electrical services.

McKees Rocks was approved for a $100,000 grant through the Allegheny County Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund Program, which funds community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenues generated from casinos.

The grant will be used to rebuild four, deteriorating pedestrian stairways that connect to Bouquet, Burkhart and Sefler streets and Woodward Avenue in the borough. The project, projected to cost over $500,000, includes replacing and extending the stairways, handrails and railings and installing new sidewalks, curbs, drainage and lightings as well as making landscaping improvements.