Senator Yudichak Announces Over $5.7 Million in Funding for the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County from the Commonwealth Financing Authority
Nanticoke, March 26, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that 40 projects in the 14th Senatorial District will receive over $5.7 million in funding through the Luzerne County Local Share Account program from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
“Today’s funding will help our local communities complete important infrastructure projects that will promote and sustain the substantial economic growth that is occurring in Luzerne County,” said Senator Yudichak. “Significant funding awarded to McCarthy Tire to expand its corporate headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, and the $1 million grant awarded to Hanover Township for its Industrial Park Circulation Road Project will help to further establish that northeastern Pennsylvania is the place where global and national brands want to do business.”
“I would like to thank my colleagues in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in Luzerne County for working together with me to acquire this critical funding for the region,” said State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. “LSA funding helps to improve the quality of life in our communities by making investments in infrastructure and safety that will benefit the people of northeastern Pennsylvania.”
Hanover Township will receive $1 million in funding to help with the construction of the Hanover Township Industrial Park Circulation Road Project. The construction of the road will help to promote the further development of the Hanover 9 site that is currently being developed by NorthPoint Development.
Hanover 9 already has one confirmed tenant in True Value, which is investing $150 million in a more than one million square-foot warehouse distribution center, creating hundreds of jobs for the region. The Hanover 9 site is expected to create 1,548 jobs with a capital investment of $209,466.14 and an annual payroll of $63,468,000.
“I would like to thank Senator Yudichak as well as Representatives Pashinski and Mullery for helping us to acquire this vital funding. The construction of this road within the Hanover 9 site is a key infrastructure project that needs to be completed in order to pursue and attract tenants,” said Brent Miles, Vice President of Economic Development for NorthPoint Development. “Investing in this project is investing in the people of Pennsylvania and will help to create jobs for many years to come.”
The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $800,000 on behalf of McCarthy Tire for the construction and conversion of an industrial space on the corner of Conyngham Street and Wilkes Barre Boulevard to office space for McCarthy Tire’s Corporate Headquarters. The project will include complete site restoration, paving, landscaping and stormwater control.
McCarthy Tire Service is a family-owned and operated commercial tire company that has served the transportation industry for more than 90 years. Joseph J. McCarthy founded the company in 1926 in Wilkes-Barre and it has been a job creator for the northeastern Pennsylvania region ever since. In 2016, McCarthy Tire invested over $3.2 million to expand retreading operations, creating 49 new full-time jobs, while also retaining 197 existing employees.
“I would like to thank Senator Yudichak and the rest of the Luzerne County state officials who helped us acquire this important funding. McCarthy Tire’s success has centered in Wilkes-Barre for 93 years and the conversion of this structure into our Corporate Headquarters will help to keep a fourth-generation company in its home, which is the City of Wilkes-Barre,” said John D. McCarthy Jr., President and CEO of McCarthy Tire Service Company. “The project will help to create new and future jobs and will help to keep those jobs here for the next 30-plus years. Northeastern Pennsylvania is our home, and this is where we want to stay.”
The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority will receive $330,000 on behalf of Luzerne County to help upgrade the county’s 911 system. The system, which is an analog system is currently out-of-date and needs to be converted to digital. The entire Luzerne County state delegation worked together to acquire this funding.
“I would like to thank the entire Luzerne County state delegation for working together to secure funding for this critical public safety issue,” said David Pedri, Luzerne County Manager. “The switch to a digital system is a must as the analog system we currently have will be rendered obsolete by 2020. Our 911 system is obviously an integral part of keeping our residents safe, so this funding will go a long way in helping the people of Luzerne County when emergency services are needed.”
West Hazleton Borough will receive $225,000 to help with bridge repairs to the Jaycee Drive Bridge inside the Valmont Industrial Park.
“A recent inspection showed that the bridge is in dire need of replacement due to damage to the bridge’s foundation,” said West Hazleton Borough Council President Lou Pacelli. “The Jaycee Drive bridge is a vital infrastructure asset within our community inside the Valmont Industrial Park, which is utilized by hundreds of workers each day. I’m grateful for the state’s investment in this project and for realizing its importance to our borough.”
The following projects in the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County were approved for funding:
- Ashley Borough will receive $21,000 in funding to bring a historic artifact in a mine lokie once used to haul cars laden with freshly mined anthracite back to the Huber Breaker.
- Ashley Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for its 2020 Vision Streetscape Project.
- Edwardsville Borough will receive $150,000 in funding for its DPW Garage Project.
- Edwardsville Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for its Mural Revitalization Project.
- Exeter Borough will receive $100,000 in funding for the Schooley-Wyoming Avenue improvement Project.
- Fairview Township will receive $20,343 in funding to help with the purchase of police department equipment.
- Fairview Township will receive $20,450 in funding for the Bow Creek Roadway Improvement Project.
- Hazle Township will receive $79,000 in funding for a feasibility study for the Hazleton Indoor Recreational Facility.
- The City of Hazleton will receive $100,000 in funding for phase II development of Hazleton Central Park.
- The City of Hazleton will receive $38,000 in funding for the Castle Auditorium Community Arts Center to purchase equipment.
- The City of Hazleton will receive $47,500 in funding for a comprehensive park and recreation plan for the city.
- The City of Hazleton will receive $50,000 in funding to help with the purchase of a fire department utility truck.
- The City of Hazleton will receive $182,944 in funding for its Fire State Water Remediation Project.
- The City of Hazleton will receive $37,500 in funding for the Hazleton Regional Airport to purchase equipment.
- The City of Hazleton will receive $50,000 in funding install turf and sports netting at its community athletic center.
- Hughestown Borough will receive $115,000 in funding for its DPW Sanitation Truck Project.
- Larksville Borough will receive $49,200 in funding for the purchase of a new police cruiser.
- Luzerne Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for its Local Share Account plan.
- The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority will receive $98,856 in funding to help with the Culvert Street Bridge removal.
- The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority will receive $126,365 in funding for a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi system to be installed at Mohegan Sun at Casey Plaza.
- The City of Pittston will receive $200,000 in funding for the rehabilitation of the Greater Pittston YMCA.
- The City of Pittston will receive $24,000 in funding for Phase V of the Pittston Revitalization Project.
- The City of Pittston will receive $300,000 in funding for its Stadium Improvement Project.
- Plymouth Borough will receive $150,000 in funding for improvements to its vehicles.
- Sugar Notch Borough will receive $140,000 in funding for the acquisition of land for its municipal/police building.
- Warrior Run Borough will receive $100,000 in funding for its Public Safety Improvement Project.
- West Pittston Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for DPW building renovations.
- West Wyoming Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for its Firehouse Addition and Rehabilitation Project.
- White Haven Borough will receive $37,116 in funding to purchase a new police vehicle.
- The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $420,000 in funding for the purchase of a fire department tractor drawn ladder truck.
- The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $109,500 in funding for roof, flooring, and windows improvements to the Osterhout Free Library.
- The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $20,000 in funding for the Catholic Youth Center to make facility improvements.
- The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $30,000 in funding for upgrades and modernizations to be made to RC Theaters 14.
- The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $75,000 in funding for the Volunteers in Medicine “Increase to Access to Care” Initiative.
- The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $100,000 in funding for the Irem Temple Restoration Project.
Senator Yudichak worked with State Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne), Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne), Mike Carroll (D – Luzerne/Lackawanna), Aaron Kaufer (R – Luzerne), and Tarah Toohil (R – Luzerne) to secure the LSA funding. A total of $11,447,326 was awarded to projects in Luzerne County.