Matzie: $1.5 million in grants awarded to Monaca, Aliquippa projects

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 23 – Beaver County development projects will benefit from more than $1.5 million in funding thanks to state grants under state Redevelopment and Capital Assistance Program funding, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

“The funding to Aliquippa will allow us to transform a dead brownfield area into a thriving manufacturing area, which will provide job opportunities and economic revitalization for the entire area. The grant to Monaca will allow for construction of a 27,000-square-foot building to house police, fire and administrative operations, which will allow the borough to operate with greater efficiency and greater savings to taxpayers.”
Matzie said the grants include the following:

  • $1 million for redevelopment of a 40-acre brownfield and construction of a 250,000-square-foot high-tech manufacturing building located along the Ohio River in Aliquippa.
  • $500,000 to build the new 27,000-square-foot, two-story Monaca Civic Center on Pacific Avenue in the borough to house police, fire and administrative departments.

In addition to the Aliquippa and Monaca projects, Matzie said development projects in Midland Borough will receive $2.5 million in combined funding, and another development project in Center Township will receive $2 million in funding.

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