Yudichak Announces Recreation Grants for Luzerne and Carbon Counties

NANTICOKE, December 13, 2016: State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that more than $2.5 million in Community Conservation Partnership Program grants were awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to communities in the 14th Senatorial district.

Funding for the DCNR grants come from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund and several federal funding sources.

“Investing in the conservation and recreational assets of the communities of Luzerne and Carbon counties is a sound investment that improves the quality of life throughout northeastern Pennsylvania,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

The following grants were awarded in Luzerne County:

  • Hazleton City: $115,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Altmiller Park.
  • Jenkins Township: $100,000 for the development of Riverfront Park.
  • Larksville Borough: $40,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Washington Street Park.
  • Nanticoke City: $250,000 for the further development of Lower Broadway Recreation Complex.
  • North Branch Land Trust: $498,000 for the development of the D&L Trail in Plains and Wilkes-Barre Townships and Laurel Run Borough.
  • North Branch Land Trust: $1,000,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 822 acres on Penobscot Mountain in Slocum and Newport Townships.
  • Pittston City: $260,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Sullivan Park.

The following grants were awarded in Carbon County:

  • East Penn Township: $30,000 for further development of the East Penn boating facility at Riverview Park.
  • Lehighton Borough: $200,000 for rehabilitation and further development of Baer Memorial Park.
  • Lehighton Borough: $40,000 to prepare a master site development plan and a Recreation Center feasibility study for the approximately 4-acre Grove Park.
  • Summit Hill Borough: $40,000 for further development of Ginder Field.

Senator Yudichak worked to secure the funding for local communities with area state representatives Mike Carroll, Doyle Heffley, Gerald Mullery, Eddie Day Pashinski, and Tarah Toohil.

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Yudichak Announces Luzerne County Multimodal Transportation Funds

NANTICOKE, December 6, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that six projects in Luzerne County will receive close to $2 million in state funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

“As a supporter of the legislation that created the Multimodal Transportation Fund, I am pleased to announce funding has been secured for projects that will enhance local infrastructure and create new jobs in Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke, Ashley, Bear Creek and Jenkins Township,” said Senator John Yudichak. “Local communities often have limited resources to invest in major transportation projects, so securing these state dollars is essential to improving the quality of life and setting the stage for economic growth in Luzerne County,” added Senator Yudichak.

The local projects include:

  • Market Square Redevelopment: $430,000 for Market Square Properties Development, LLC for roadway and sidewalk work in the city of Wilkes-Barre as part of the Market Street Redevelopment project.
  • George Avenue Streetscape: $600,000 to complete a pedestrian safety streetscape on George Avenue in the city of Wilkes-Barre. The project will help the city transform the smaller business districts that are not located in the immediate downtown business district.

State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure funds for the Market Square Redevelopment and George Avenue Streetscape.

“As part of the revitalization of the downtown area, these projects will continue the beautification and transformation of the city of Wilkes-Barre. The changes to Market Street Square will leverage private investment and enhance the whole appearance of the block, and the George Avenue Streetscape project will improve the small business district by connecting the city to our neighborhoods,” said Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne).

“As Mayor of Wilkes-Barre, I am extremely grateful to Senator Yudichak and Representative Pashinski for the funding that they secured for investment in Wilkes-Barre. The projects will improve both downtown Wilkes-Barre and George Avenue, which is the main thoroughfare of the Parsons neighborhood. It is vital that we invest in both our downtown commercial district as well as our neighborhood business districts to create prosperity in the entire city,” said Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George.

The City of Nanticoke also received $463,742 for intersection improvements at Broadway and East Main Street. The project will create a safer intersection for both motorists and pedestrians and will provide multimodal access to the city through multiple parking facilities and spacious lighted sidewalks. State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds.

“I am pleased that these funds have been secured to further enhance the ongoing streetscape project in the city of Nanticoke.  These intersection improvements are essential for the safety of our community as we continue to revitalize the downtown area,” said Representative Gerald Mullery.

Upon hearing today’s announcement, Nanticoke Mayor Richard Wiatrowski issued the following statement: “On behalf of the City of Nanticoke, I would like to thank Senator Yudichak and Rep. Mullery for supporting the revitalization of our downtown and driving critical state funding to these efforts.”

Other local projects that received funding include:

  • Ashely Borough Infrastructure Improvements: $100,000 to assist with infrastructure repairs throughout Ashley Borough.
  • Old East End Boulevard Road Reconstruction: $100,000 for the reconstruction of Old East End and Pittston Boulevards located in Bear Creek Township.
  • River Road and Market Street Intersection Improvements: $82,000 to widen the roadway at the intersection of River Road and Market Street in Jenkins Township.


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Yudichak and Heffley Announce Multimodal Transportation Funding for Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center Project

NANTICOKE, December 6, 2016 – Carbon County will receive $272,304 in state funding for improvements to the access road that will lead to the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center, State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today.

Along with the widening of the access road, the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training project includes construction of a fire training facility, a two story multi-use building with classrooms and meeting areas, emergency equipment garages, and a storm water facility that will recycle water, which will be made available for fire training.

“The Multimodal Transportation Fund is a critical resource for local communities to invest in a safe, modern infrastructure system,” said Sen. John Yudichak. “Improvements to the public access road are essential to the construction of the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center, that once completed, will be a valued asset for the first responders of Carbon County.”

“We need to ensure our local responders have the best training and equipment possible, and that begins with the new Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center in Nesquehoning, said Rep. Heffley. “I look forward to the completion of this project which will improve public safety throughout Carbon County.”

“Carbon County would like to thank the commonwealth and our local state legislators for awarding us this important funding,” said Chairman of the Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein. “The access road upgrades for the Emergency Training Center is a vital part of the project. Securing this funding will help us move forward in creating a training hub for our first responders, which will improve the safety in each and every community.”

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