Wheatley: $1.7 million awarded in state grants for Pittsburgh improvement projects

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today two state grants totaling more than $1.7 million to support improvement projects in Pittsburgh.

Wheatley said a $1 million grant, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, was approved to help fund a Museum Lab project for the Children’s Museum. Construction involves renovating the historic Carnegie Library along Allegheny Square East where the facility will be located.

“The Museum Lab will be a great resource of knowledge and open the door for educational opportunities to enrich the minds of our children,” Wheatley said.

A $750,000 grant was also approved to go toward funding reconstruction of the multiplex theaters at 119 Sixth St. The money will be used for demolition and excavation along with structural and infrastructure work, such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems, among other things.

“I am thrilled these grants are also going toward improving the overall look of our neighborhood,” Wheatley said. “It’s projects like updating the multiplex theaters that will help attract more people to our community and assist in bettering our local economy.”   

RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.

RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.