Welby lauds $3.15 million state investment for area improvement projects

CLARKS SUMMIT, April 26 – State Rep. Thom Welby announces that several projects in his legislative district will receive grants totaling $3.15 million through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

“This funding supports projects that will have a significantly positive impact on our community,” said Welby, D-Lackawanna. “Each of these projects represents jobs in the greater Scranton area and more opportunities for those who live in and visit the city. I thank Governor Wolf  for acknowledging the importance of these projects.”

Welby said the funding will benefit the following projects:

  • City of Scranton – $1 million for the Biden Street streetscape project. Work will include installing cement concrete sidewalks, colored stamped concrete sidewalks, concrete curb, storm inlet with sump/hood, storm pipe, rain gardens, tree and tree pit, disability ramp, raised intersections for traffic calming, period lights with foundation, sidewalk vault repairs, bike land solid markings, street sign with period poles, wiring and conduit, power supply, and testing pavement resurfacing and lighted entrance signage.
  • Maternal and Family Health Services Inc. – $900,000 to renovate former retail space into a clinical and administrative site at a first-floor location in the Marketplace at Steamtown.
  • Scranton Preparatory School – $750,000 for renovations including exterior repointing and miscellaneous repairs, resurfacing and/or replacing gymnasium floors, first floor computer lab upgrades, fourth floor HVAC and lighting, and fourth floor classroom and office upgrades.
  • Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency (Now known as the Agency for Community EmPOWERment of NEPA) – $500,000 for Phase II of the Pre-K Center project. The work includes expanding classroom capacity, safety measures, HVAC and electrical work.

Welby added his thanks to his Democratic Scranton-area colleagues, State Reps. Mike Carroll, Bridget M. Kosierowski, Kyle Mullins and State Sen. Marty Flynn for their collaboration and support for securing the funding.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which these grants were awarded, is a commonwealth grant program overseen by the Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs.