Lawmaker secures funding for the project totaling $625,000
JEFFERSON HILLS – Rep. Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) today announced the approval of a $325,000 Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Fund Grant (GEDF) to improve the Elizabeth Borough Central Business District. Combined with a prior grant, Puskaric has secured a total of $625,000 for the project.
The grant will be used for the demolition and removal of existing commercial structures in preparation for the redevelopment of those parcels into usable public parking lots. 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.
“Today’s announcement will enable downtown Elizabeth to fully fund its business district parking lot expansion initiative,” said Puskaric. “We have some high-quality products that our local businesses are crafting for our community. With the second phase of funding, customers will have ample off-street parking throughout downtown Elizabeth.”
Puskaric also secured funding for the initial phase of this project, a grant $300,000 from the Department of Community and Economic Development.
“In addition, this economic development plan will also help address our school property tax issues,” said Puskaric. “By building a local hub for businesses to grow, we can expand our tax base, and lessen the burden on homeowners. This is a model we can duplicate for all of our communities across the 39th District.
“I want to thank the hard-working business owners who make up the Elizabeth Area Development Corporation. Their hard work and proper execution of the grant process will help with future development. Building a good working relationship with our Harrisburg agencies is essential,” the lawmaker added.
The GEDF program was established by Act 71 of 2004. The grant program was scheduled to end in 2019. However, language was added to Act 42 of 2017 to extend these vital community improvement programs for an additional 10 years starting in Fiscal Year 2019-20. The GEDF program is funded through gaming revenues and does not use General Fund taxpayer dollars.
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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