Sainato: $246,400 grant to keep New Castle on path to recovery

HARRISBURG, March 14 – A $246,400 state grant will fund ongoing efforts by New Castle to revitalize the city’s structural and economic landscape, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Since January 2007, the city – designated a fiscally distressed municipality – has been operating under terms of a recovery plan.

“The funding announced today is terrific news for New Castle, whose residents have endured challenges posed by urban blight and aging infrastructure that have impacted the local economy, as well as quality of life,” Sainato said. “Although the city has made great strides on the path to recovery, the grant funding is critical to ensuring ongoing progress. It’s extremely encouraging to see our tax dollars going to fund the kind of vital, nuts-and-bolts projects that will both create jobs and revitalize this community of hardworking families."

Sainato noted that the grant will fund the following projects in these amounts:

  • $80,000 to update the city’s comprehensive plan to reflect new development, zoning and land use changes since 2005.
     
  • $75,000 to develop regional approaches to providing services traditionally handled by individual governments and to study shared service and possibly merger opportunities with one or more of the smaller neighboring municipalities.
     
  • $65,000 to fund an assessment of facilities used in daily municipal operations so the city can proactively forecast and prioritize capital needs.
     
  • $25,000 to continue the study of New Castle's park system and implementation of a master site plan.
     
  • $1,400 to supplement the work of the project manager on the previously funded storm water management program. 

“With the ongoing projects made possible by this funding, we’ll soon be talking about helping the city not just recover, but thrive,” Sainato said. 

The grant is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development under the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act. Known as “Act 47,” the law requires the state to assist municipalities experiencing severe financial difficulties that impact residents’ health, safety, and welfare.