Abney: State awards $14.3 million in grants to local projects

Funding marks major investment in local communities

PITTSBURGH, April 26 – State Rep.-elect Aerion Andrew Abney, D-Allegheny, today announced a major investment of $14.3 million in state funding to five projects located in the Pittsburgh community.

“This announcement is good news and a major step forward for these projects, each of which will have an impact on our community,” Abney said. “This is a major investment that will not only bring jobs to our community, but will flip and reuse several former industrial properties which otherwise could have remained vacant. I want to thank the state for this investment – and for believing in our community.”

Grants awarded locally through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program include:

  • Esplanade project was awarded $10 million to support Phase 1 of the project, which includes destination-based attractions such as a Ferris wheel, experiential retail and restaurants, rental and for-sale housing, expansive public open space, a marina and public pier, all surrounding the Esplanade's centerpiece pavilion.
  • The City’s Edge project, $1.5 million. That project includes the construction of a 12,000-square-foot community health care center/pharmacy, 110 mixed-income apartments and business space and room for community arts.
  • Warrington Recreation Center, $1 million to help renovate the building and update it to existing codes.
  • Allegheny YMCA Renovation Project, $500,000 to help with a project to renovate common spaces, kitchen, fitness facilities, and meeting rooms at the Allegheny YMCA.
  • And Community Kitchen, $1.35 million to help with a project to purchase a building and renovate it for use.