Miller: $91,500 state grant to aid Mt. Lebanon public space improvement

MT. LEBANON, Nov. 15 – Pedestrian safety and mobility along Washington Road, which hosts 20,000 vehicles and thousands of residents and employees daily, will be aided by a $91,500 grant announced today by state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon.

Miller said the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the award through the Gaming and Economic Development Tourism Fund, which was established to aid community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenue generated from all casinos.

The money will go to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County to help sub-grantee Mt. Lebanon replace 33,200 feet of sidewalk, 4,500 feet of conduit and 72 light poles along Washington Road, which essentially serves as the municipality’s Main Street. Miller said the upgrade is badly needed, noting that existing sidewalks and lighting are 20 years old.

“This grant will be instrumental to maintaining the safety and vibrancy of the central business district,” Miller wrote in his letter of support for the project. “Mt. Lebanon’s Comprehensive Plan and Uptown Strategic Plan have identified decrepit sidewalks and dated street lighting as critical items necessary to improve the safety and mobility of the area.”

Miller said: “Washington Road is used by thousands of residents, both young school children attending schools on the road, as well as seniors visiting the many physician offices located there. These improvements in public infrastructure will also enhance property values in the district.”

The GEDTF program provides grants for single-year and multi-year projects that promote development in Allegheny County, including: economic, infrastructure and community improvements; job training; public safety; public interest; and costs to administer GEDTF funds.

Miller said he thanks the CFA board for approving the project.