Deasy: $1.5 million in RACP funding awarded in 27th Legislative District

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – The city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Musical Theater on Thursday received a combined total of $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding, announced state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny.

“This is significant funding for two significant projects in the 27th Legislative District,” Deasy said. “RACP funding allows for the construction and improvement of new and existing facilities, so I’m excited to see the benefits of this funding in the near future.”

The city of Pittsburgh was awarded $500,000 to be used for the ongoing redevelopment of the former Stevens Elementary School. The facility will now be the Special Deployment Headquarters, Deasy said, which will establish valuable community policing elements in Pittsburgh’s West End. Most of the RACP funding will be used for construction, elevator installation, lighting and technological infrastructure.

The Pittsburgh Musical Theater will use its $1 million in funding to renovate the theater’s South Main Street property. Deasy said the project will have four phases, which include constructing a new entrance and theater lobby, a backstage area and shop space on the first floor, interior renovations to all 10 studios/classrooms, new landscaping and lighting, and more.

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.