PITTSBURGH, PA (December 29, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have been awarded $7.5 million in grants by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget as part of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). RACP awards grants for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.
“I’d like to thank the Governor, the great state senators and representatives from Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget for these grant awards, which will provide funding for critical investments in community projects that will improve our city and promote equity in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor William Peduto.
The projects receiving RACP funding include:
- $3 million for the URA’s 28 Acres project in the Lower Hill District for a mixed-use development including a new EMS facility, parking, commercial space and a live entertainment venue.
- $500,000 for the Larimer Commercial development project in partnership with the Larimer Consensus Group, Kingsley Association, East Liberty Housing, Inc. and the City and URA’s Avenues of Hope redevelopment program. This funding will help with the development of commercial space on the Larimer Avenue business district corridor.
- $500,000 for the Fairywood Industrial Development project to help clear, stabilize and prepare the site for redevelopment and new construction in the western neighborhood.
- $500,000 for renovations to the Warrington Recreation Center in Beltzhoover for safety and accessibility improvements including an elevator, HVAC, plumbing, electric, fire safety and data/security system upgrades.
- $500,000 for the Jefferson Recreation Center redevelopment project in the Central Northside neighborhood that would see demolition of the existing building and construction of a new building, courts, green space and other amenities and improvements identified by the community, staff and youth that use the center.
- $1.5 million for the continued renovation of the Brighton Heights Healthy Active Living (senior) Center, which has already included interior renovations and safety remediations, a new roof and new windows. The RACP grant will help to fund additional accessibility improvements like an elevator, new HVAC, plumbing, electric, fire safety and data/security systems.
- $1 million for the continued rehabilitation of Homewood Park including new fields, ADA accessible routes through the park, lighting, stormwater management, an outdoor pool, new play features, a public stage and a plaza area.