Ravenstahl: Major local projects receive $3.5 million in state support

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1 – Three local projects will receive a combined $3.5 million in state support, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, announced today. The projects include an expansion in the region’s growing spirits industry and a major redevelopment project in the city’s Strip District.

“I am pleased to be able to announce these grants, which together mark a significant investment in our communities,” Ravenstahl said. “These grants will help to continue the reinvigoration of our local economy and leverage private investments to spur additional development and business in our area.”

Funded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, the three local projects include:

  • $2 million for the continued renovation and rehabilitation of the Produce Terminal in the Strip District, to create a dynamic mixed-use space.
  • $1 million to assist Wigle Whiskey with the redevelopment and expansion of its distillery in the Strip District, which includes a pre-Prohibition brewery and three-story office building.
  • $500,000 to assist the Roberto Clemente museum with renovations and upgrades to its facility on Penn Avenue.

“I am excited to see how these projects develop and the contributions they will make to the fabric of our area,” Ravenstahl said. “By making these investments in small family-owned businesses, cultural institutions and redevelopment projects, we are encouraging private enterprises and organizations to continue to invest in our region, growing our economy and providing jobs to the hardworking people of Allegheny County.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is administered by the Pennsylvania 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 revenues, or other measures of economic activity.

RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.