Longietti: $500,000 state grant to aid Farrell redevelopment

MERCER COUNTY, Jan. 3 – The City of Farrell is getting a $500,000 grant to demolish four buildings and construct a shopping plaza on a half-acre site directly across from its municipal building, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today.

Longietti, D-Mercer, said the Keystone Communities program funding will assist the ongoing transformation of Farrell, removing blighted and vacant properties from the landscape, and paving the way for new retail construction in the city’s main commercial corridor.

“The city has already solicited interested tenants with a track record of successful business enterprises,” wrote Longietti in a letter of support for the funding. “The end result of the plaza portion of the project would be to solidify a retail and commercial area for the city and, in essence, established a new downtown that is attractive to city residents and those from nearby communities.”

Responding to news of the grant approval, Michael Ceci, Farrell city manager, said, “The city is extremely humbled to be receiving this grant. The project being funded is another large step toward community and economic development success.

“I anticipate this endeavor will lead the way for continuous improvements in our great city. My personal thanks to everyone that helped to make this dream a reality.”

Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities. Other program goals are to ensure social and economic diversity, and to enhance the overall quality of life for residents.

These partnerships create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania, Longietti said.