JEFFERSON HILLS – Rep. Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) today announced that Elizabeth Borough has been awarded a grant totaling $300,000 from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
The grant was awarded to the Elizabeth Area Development Corporation to provide new parking lots in the downtown area. Currently, 30 on-street parking spots serve 24 small businesses. The proposed parking lots would create safer, off-street parking and increase parking for the downtown area by a considerable margin.
“I am thrilled that I could help bring this vital financial assistance to the community,” said Puskaric. “The project is part of a larger economic development initiative that I am working to bring to downtown Elizabeth. I want this area to be a showcase for new businesses and jobs, our economy will benefit from this project.
“This would be a substantial increase in off-street parking in strategic locations,” said Puskaric. “The new parking lot would allow for the development of wider streets and improved traffic patterns.”
The scope of the work to be performed is to acquire the properties, demolish the existing structures and develop parking lots.
“In making economic development a priority, I am focusing on clearing the way for private investment to occur,” said Puskaric. “The goal is to help make the 39th District attractive for new businesses. I am proud to have played a role in bringing this critical funding to our region.”
The 39th Legislative District includes parts of Bethel Park in addition to Elizabeth, Elizabeth Township, Forward Township, Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth, and parts of South Park Township in Allegheny County, plus, Finleyville, Nottingham Township, Somerset Township and Union Township in Washington County.
Representative Mike Puskaric
39th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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