Lee announces $350,000 for rehabilitation projects

Funding distributed by Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 — State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, announced today that $350,000 has been awarded to three organizations to help fund rehabilitation projects in the area.

The money comes from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund (GEDTF), which funds community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenues generated from all casinos. The program provides grants for single-year and multi-year projects, including economic projects, infrastructure and community improvements, job training, public safety, public interest, and administration costs.

A total of $350,000 has been awarded to fund the following projects:

  • $100,000 to Turtle Creek Valley COG for Hawkins Ave Bridge Rehabilitation project: This existing bridge structure has been identified by Penn DOT inspectors as having significant structural defects requiring immediate attention.

  • $150,000 to Woodland Hills School District for Renovating Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale: This money will help fund a $2.98 million renovation project that includes constructing an addition housing an elevator to make the library accessible, plus other improvements. Specifically, this grant funding would be used to purchase and install new HVAC and electrical systems in the existing building.

  • $100,000 to Blackridge Civic Association for a revitalization project: This funding will help repair and upgrade the existing large concrete pool, decking surrounding the pool, and storage sheds.

“These funds are a vital investment in our public and civic life. Whether you’re driving on safer roads in Turtle Creek, visiting our public library — a community lifeline — in Swissvale, or taking your family to the community pool in Churchill, folks across the 34th District will experience a higher quality of life because of these funds,” Lee said.

More than $9.3 million was awarded to 33 projects in Allegheny County through this round of GEDTF grant funding.