Rep. Frankel, Sen. Costa announce $8 million in state grants for Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 2 -- Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. and state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today announced more than $8 million in state grants that will go to projects in the Pittsburgh region.

“I’m proud to have advocated for these projects in our area, and excited to see them come to fruition thanks to this investment from the state,” Costa said. “Each of the projects funded today is vastly different, and I believe will improve the lives of our residents, as well as bolster our region’s economy through the development process.”

The funding comes from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

One of the projects funded will allow ACTION Housing to move forward with the redevelopment of the old Squirrel Hill Theater, which has been vacant since 2010. The organization will receive $1 million to create a six-story building on the site.

“In order for our city and region to live up to its “most live-able” title and remain affordable for both new and long-time residents, mixed-use property is vital,” said Frankel, who represents Squirrel Hill.

Other projects funded today in the region include:

  • $500,000 for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to renovate meeting rooms and feature areas for community programs.

  • $500,000 for the Distillery at South Shore in Pittsburgh to update its façade, replace windows, HVAC and plumbing.

  • $500,000 to the Urban Redevelopment Authority to preserve and stabilize the Homewood Coliseum.

  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority will receive additional $1 million to revitalize the Hunt Armory Recreation Facility.

  • $500,000 for the city of Pittsburgh to expand Homewood Park.

  • $1 million to the city of Pittsburgh to renovate the public pool at the Oliver Bath House.

  • $1 million for ICON Development, Pgh to begin work on a mixed-use project at Lexington Technology Park.

  • $500,000 for the development of a 12-story office and retail building at Innovation Research Tower to include 100 parking spaces, and 86 bicycle spaces.