HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 — The Commonwealth Financing Authority (“CFA”) approved $5.7 million in grants today from the Local Share Account (“LSA”) in Luzerne County. The LSA funds will help finance critical economic development and infrastructure projects as well as equipment purchases for local police, fire, and public works departments throughout Luzerne County.
Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Carbon/Luzerne) thanked Representatives Gerald Mullery, Tarah Toohil, Aaron Kaufer, Mike Carroll, and Eddie Day Pashinski for their efforts to secure these vital grants for Luzerne County communities.
“The LSA grants remain an integral part of northeastern Pennsylvania’s revitalization,” said Senator Yudichak. “In every corner of Luzerne County, we are investing in infrastructure, public safety and most importantly, in creating good jobs.”
Highlights of today’s grant recipients include: Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies new corporate headquarters in downtown Wilkes-Barre, reconstruction of Solomon Creek flood wall in Wilkes-Barre, streetscape improvements in Hazleton and Nanticoke, public works investments in Pittston, expansion of Medico Industries in Hanover Township and sewer system upgrades in Hanover Township and Wyoming.
Here is the complete list of grant recipients in the 14th Senatorial District:
- Ashley Borough ($25,000)= Complete the final phase of renovations to a 12,000 square foot building that will house all municipal offices.
- Bear Creek Village Borough ($200,000)= Infrastructure repairs.
- Edwardsville Borough ($100,000)= 13 streets will be paved and repaired.
- Fairview Township ($30,000)= Purchase a new police cruiser for the township police department.
- Hanover Township ($240,000)= Lower South Valley Council of Governments will purchase public works equipment including a milling machine, a skid steer, and a tandem dump truck.
- Hanover Township ($250,000)= Phase III of facility upgrades and a new press line for Medico Industries, Inc., which will expand capabilities and capacity and create 10 new jobs.
- Hazle Township ($250,000)= Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority will separate the storm and sanitary sewer lines in sub-area 10, which discharges into Black Creek.
- Hazle Township ($23,825)= Purchase a new vehicle for the Hazleton Blind Association to transport customers to medical facilities, banks, grocery stores, and other essential community services.
- Hazleton City ($209,415)= Alter Street-Phase I Streetscape Project which includes road repair and repaving, new storm water grates, decorative lighting, and upgrading sidewalks, curbs, and ramps.
- Hazleton City ($35,000)= Restoration and preservation of City Hall includes window replacements, installing climate control measures, and repairs to the masonry façade and the roof.
- Hazleton City ($300,000)= Streetscape improvements to six blocks of North Wyoming Street include new sidewalks and curbing, curb ramps, and streetlights.
- Hughestown Borough ($100,000)= Relocation of storm sewer lines along Rock Street.
- Larksville Borough ($300,000)= 2,450 linear feet of Greenwave Boulevard will be repaved between East State and Church Streets and 15 ADA ramps will be installed.
- Luzerne Borough ($150,000)= Borough improvement project includes purchasing a street sweeper, paving two parking lots, and installing a new stormwater system in the downtown.
- Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority ($104,385)= Interior restoration of the dome and rotunda of the Luzerne County Courthouse.
- Nanticoke City ($478,198)= The block on the south side of East Main Street will be revitalized to enhance public safety, reverse urban decay, and allow for new development.
- Pittston City ($150,000)= Purchase two police vehicles, an emergency services vehicle, and expand the Public Works garage.
- Plymouth Borough ($291,231)= Beverly Drive and Smith Row stormwater management project.
- Plymouth Township ($26,775)= Purchase a backhoe.
- Pringle Borough ($40,000)= Swoyersville Ambulance Service will purchase a building that it currently rents to reduce monthly expenses and hold more community events and fundraisers.
- Swoyersville Borough ($50,000)= The police department parking lot will be upgraded, updated to comply with the American with Disabilities Act, and address stormwater drainage.
- West Hazleton Borough ($183,725)= Reconstructing Fawn Drive, which has fallen into disrepair and impacts 26 properties.
- West Pittston Borough ($50,000)= Department of Public Works project.
- Wilkes-Barre City ($1,000,000)= Acquisition and renovations of a new corporate headquarters for Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
- Wilkes-Barre City ($60,000)= The Wilkes-Barre YMCA will renovate the pool, wellness center, and improve accessibility to the building.
- Wilkes-Barre City ($500,000)= Two sections of retaining walls along the Solomon Creek flood control channel will be reconstructed.
- Wyoming Borough ($500,000)= Stormwater and sewer replacement project along Wyoming Avenue.
- Wyoming Borough ($20,000)= VFW Post 396 will be renovated.
- Yatesville Borough ($47,000)= Purchase of a skid steer loader for snow removal in conjunction with the Pittston Area School District.