Pashinski announces over $4.1 million in state grants for local projects

Funding comes from Multimodal Fund and Local Share Account

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced that 18 projects in his district will be receiving a total of $4.14 million in grant funds from the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Local Share Account and Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Every community or organization in the 121st Legislative District that requested funding under these programs received a grant, Pashinski noted.

“Congratulations to everyone who secured these vital funds that will help make our communities safer, healthier and more accessible,” Pashinski said. “These projects are great examples of how multimodal and LSA funding help improve the quality of life in our communities by investing in infrastructure and safety. Thank you to my Luzerne County colleagues in both the Senate and the House for working together with me to help acquire this critical funding for our region.”

These municipalities and organizations in the 121st Legislative District were awarded funding in the following amounts for the listed purposes:

  • Ashley Borough – $300,000 multimodal grant to assist with the Ashley Main Streetscape Project, including the addition of new curbing, new sidewalks, street lighting, additional trees and more;

  • Wilkes-Barre City – $600,000 multimodal grant to replace and install sidewalks and handicap-accessible ramps, among other improvements, in the King’s College neighborhood;

  • Luzerne County – $200,000 multimodal grant for project to meet increasing bus ridership demand through the installation of 18 bus shelters and additional sidewalk;

  • Huber Breaker Preservation Society (HBPS) – $21,000 LSA grant to purchase, ship and restore a historic steam locomotive – Lokie – to Miners Memorial Heritage Park;

  • Ashley Vision 2020 Streetscape Project – $50,000 LSA grant for streetscape improvements, including the addition of new curbing, new sidewalks, street lighting, additional trees, and more. This is in addition to the multimodal funds also announced by the CFA;

  • NorthPoint Development LLC – $1 million LSA grant to provide a more suitable access for navigating and maneuvering throughout their 2,300,000-square-foot industrial park;

  • Luzerne County – $98,856 LSA grant to demolish the functionally obsolete Culvert Street Railroad Bridge and fund plans for its replacement, while providing temporary pedestrian and vehicular access and provisions for emergency services;.

  • Luzerne County Convention Center Authority – $126,365 LSA grant for the installation of a Wi-Fi system at the Mohegan Sun Arena;

  • McCarthy Tire Services Company – $800,000 LSA grant toward renovation of an old local warehouse to be used as a state-of-the-art corporate headquarters for the company;

  • Wilkes-Barre City – $420,000 LSA grant to replace their 2003 aerial ladder truck that has become obsolete with a new fire truck that will have the latest upgrades to maximize safety for firefighters and protect city residents;

  • Catholic Youth Center of Wyoming Valley – $20,000 LSA grant to assist with renovating the center's aquatic facility in Wilkes-Barre;

  • Volunteers in Medicine – $75,000 LSA grant for renovation of the second floor of their clinic in Wilkes-Barre in support of their “Increase Access to Care” initiative;

  • Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corporation (GWBDC) -- $100,000 LSA grant to help their efforts to restore and stabilize the Irem Temple in Wilkes-Barre;

  • RC Theatres of Wilkes-Barre – $30,000 LSA grant to help with demolition and construction work on the theatre over a two-year period;

  • F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts – $150,000 LSA grant to help replace the center's 30-year-old HVAC system with a more reliable heating and cooling system;

  • Osterhout Free Library – $109,500 LSA grant for upgrades to the library, including renovations to the exterior and interior of the building;

  • Fairview Township – $20,450 LSA grant to improve several roads, along with drain pipe work, within the Bow Creek Development; and

  • Fairview Township Police Department – $20,343 LSA grant to purchase equipment to help officers protect and serve residents, including a mobile license plate recognition scanner.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to residents of the commonwealth, including pedestrian walkways and lighting.

The LSA receives gaming money generated by casinos, including Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The gaming funds provided by the casinos also distribute approximately $790 million statewide, which on average equals to a $215 reduction in property taxes for Pennsylvania residents for their primary residence every year.

The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania's economic stimulus programs. You can learn more about their programs here.