Pittston Waterfront Warehouse Conversion Project Receives $2 Million in RACP Funding

Nanticoke, August 24, 2018 – It was announced today that the Waterfront Warehouse Conversion Project in Pittston was awarded a $2 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP) grant.

The funding will be used to help turn the underutilized warehouse into a mixed-use facility that will house 27 apartments, a food court that will be used by students from the recently opened Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center in downtown Pittston, office space, and a business incubator that will have space for 36 units.

“Today’s announcement of RACP funding for the Waterfront Warehouse Conversion project in Pittston is yet another positive step towards the City’s revitalization,” said Senator John Yudichak. “The repurposing of this former warehouse facility into a state-of-the-art multi-use asset along the Susquehanna River will create the opportunity for continued economic growth in Pittston and our core cities in Luzerne County.”

The rehabilitation of the 101,997-square-foot building, which is located at the corner of East St. and Kennedy Blvd. will be managed by Waterfront Management Group, LLC

“The city is excited and appreciative of today’s announcement regarding RACP funding for the Waterfront Warehouse Project. This property represents the largest physical structure within our city limits. The building also has a long history and the thought of it being back to 100 percent use is a great symbol of the future of the city,” said Pittston Mayor Mike Lombardo. “The completed project will be a transformational project for our city and will yield significant return in terms of availability of space, new tax revenue and new job opportunities.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

Senator Yudichak worked with State Representative Mike Carroll (D – Lackawanna/Luzerne) to help secure the funding for this project.

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Yudichak and Mullery Announce RACP Funding for Continued Downtown Naticoke Revitalization

Nanticoke, August 17, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne) announced today a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP) grant for the Nantego Development Project in downtown Nanticoke.

The Nantego Development Project is an estimated $21 million project that will create approximately 40 affordable senior housing units that will include 36 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units. The project will also include retail spaces below the senior housing units.

The Nantego Development Project is part of a host of projects that are focused on revitalizing Nanticoke’s downtown by improving the infrastructure, streetscape, pedestrian safety, and economic development.

“Governor Wolf’s strategic support of Nanticoke, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will enable the Nantego Developmemt Project to bring new housing and retail opportunities to downtown Nanticoke, continuing the city’s revitalization and spurring additional economic development throughout the South Valley,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

“There’s no doubt that downtown Nanticoke needs to be revitalized and this funding is a big step in the right direction,” said Representative Mullery. “Today’s grant announcement can attract further public and private investment, which will help to complete the project, bringing jobs and businesses back to the downtown.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

 

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Public and Private Partnership Helps to Complete LCCC M&T Bank Educational Center Project in Pittston

Pittston, August 16, 2018 – Downtown Pittston gained yet another asset today on its road to revitalization with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center. With the addition of the facility, LCCC now has eight campuses spread throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

Funding was secured for the $2 million project from the Neighborhood Assistance Program ($374,000) through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pittston City Land Revitalization Corporation ($1.7 million).

“Luzerne County Community College continues to demonstrate its commitment to being one of Pennsylvania’s most accessible institutions of higher learning with the opening of its new M&T Bank Educational Center in the City of Pittston,” said Senator Yudichak. “Pittston marks another milestone in its revitalization efforts with LCCC’s commitment to the downtown adding access to a college education to the growing assets of a thriving city.”

“The City of Pittston has been able to achieve truly remarkable progress and is a model for other cities,” said LCCC President Thomas Leary. “We are proud to be a partner in this renewal and consider it a privilege to serve the community and our students in our newest off campus site.”

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center.M&T Bank donated the 10,000-square foot building, which will house several classrooms, a student lounge, seven administrative offices and outside spaces for the students to utilize. LCCC’s eighth campus is expected to bring approximately 200 students per day to the downtown area in the first year.

“Education is the cornerstone to every community and we are proud to have Luzerne County Community College as our educational partner,” said Pittston mayor Mike Lombardo. “The facility represents a pathway to opportunities created by continuing education. Its location provides a local opportunity for aspiring students in the Greater Pittston Area.”

“This project has truly been a win-win-win. The Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center will bring provide local students with convenient classrooms, the city will benefit from increased foot traffic and economic activity, and M&T is able to support the revitalization of this wonderful city,” said Phil Johnson, M&T Bank Regional President, northern Pennsylvania.

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