Wheatley: $4.5 million in state grants awarded for development

Funding to be used for office building, hospital and entertainment projects

HARRISBURG, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today announced $4.5 million is being invested in his district for four projects that include constructing a cancer center at Allegheny General Hospital, upgrading the Kelly Building, renovating a performing arts center and developing the second phase of the Sixth Street Multiplex Development.

The state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program awarded funding for the following:

  • $1 million to the Allegheny Health Network for Allegheny General Hospital to construct a 50,000 square foot academic cancer center.

  • $1 million to the Pittsburgh Trust for Cultural Resources for the second phase of its Multiplex development to revamp the old site of the Bally Total Fitness Club into a multiplex and live performance space.

  • $2 million to the Hill Community Development Corporation for its New Granada Theater to restore the historic façade to include an 1,100 seat performing arts multi-purpose space and 100 seat black box presentation and community space, and small café, among other amenities.

  • $500,000 to the McKnight Reality Partners for the development of the Kelly Building, in order to improve infrastructure to the multi-story office structure.

“I have supported these projects and the grants will help them to improve the services offered within the community, particularly the offering of an academic cancer center on the campus of Allegheny General Hospital,” Wheatley said. “Also, it’s been years since downtown Pittsburgh had a thriving theater where families could go. I’m excited that this grant will help to revitalize our downtown area by providing an entertainment venue, in addition to the rebuilding of the New Granada Theater in the Hill District.

“The Kelly Building will also receive upgrades that include parking and streetscape improvements. I want to thank the governor for his help in pushing for funding for all of these important ventures,” Wheatley said.

RACP is a grant program 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 revenue or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.