Davis: $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding awarded to two entities in 35th Legislative District

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – An allotted $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding was awarded Thursday to two entities in the 35th Legislative District, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

The funding, awarded to the Carnegie Library of Homestead and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, will be used for on-site renovations at both locations.

“It’s with great pride I announce this substantial funding to these community assets in our district,” Davis said. “Both the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and the Carnegie Library of Homestead provide key services to our residents, so it’s encouraging to see the state giving back to two community assets that go above and beyond to provide services to our neighbors.”

The Carnegie Library of Homestead, located in Munhall, was awarded $500,000 for upgrades to its swimming pool, locker rooms and other pool-related support spaces. Specifically, the existing men’s and women’s locker rooms and group shower rooms will be demolished, and the pool deck will be expanded to provide pool equipment storage and the relocation of the pool pump system. In addition, each locker room will have new lockers, individual showers, changing stalls, and updated restroom facilities. Two new family-style showers and restrooms will be constructed; a new entrance to the pool will be put in place; a meeting space and classroom will be built; and new floors, lighting, HVAC, a fire protection system, and way-finding signage will be installed.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, located in Duquesne, was awarded $1 million for the expansion and renovation of its facility, including staff offices; a new Model Pantry; coolers and cold docks; warehouse racking; IT networking; and furniture.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program 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.