Pittsburgh, Pa. – August 1, 2019 − Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. today announced more than $8 million in state grants that will go to projects in the 43rd senatorial district.

“I’m proud to have advocated for these projects in our area, and excited to see them come to fruition thanks to this investment from the state,” said Senator Costa. “Each of the projects funded today are vastly different, and I believe will improve the lives of our residents and as well as bolster our region’s economy through the development process.”

The funding comes from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

One of the projects funded today will be the Carnegie Library of Homestead. They’ll receive $500,000 to renovate their locker rooms and pool, making the entire facility more wheelchair accessible.

The Carnegie Library of Homestead provides superb services to our residents, and facilities like that deserve to have the most up-to-date resources at their disposal,” said Representative Austin Davis, who represents Homestead said. “I can’t wait to see all the positive that come from this substantial funding.”

Also with today’s funds, ACTION Housing will move forward with the redevelopment of the old Squirrel Hill Theater, which has been vacant since 2010. They’ll receive $1,000,000 to create a six-story building on the site.

“In order for our city and region to live up to its “most live-able” title and remain affordable for both new and long-time residents, mixed-use property is vital,” said Representative Dan Frankel, who represents the area.

As the Frick Art & Historical Center moves forward with its mission, they will receive $1,250,000 to tackle major capital projects.

“By helping save the cultural landmarks of our city, we are preserving our past for future generations,” Representative Ed Gainey, who represents this area, said. “When we invest in these projects, whether the redevelopment of a brownfield or the preservation of local history, we are investing in the people in our communities, and encouraging businesses and community organizations to do the same.”

Other projects funded today in Senator Costa’s district include:

  • $500,000 for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to renovate meeting rooms and feature areas for community programs
  • $500,000 for the Distillery at South Shore in Pittsburgh to update its façade, replace windows, HVAC and plumbing
  • $500,000 to the Urban Redevelopment Authority to preserve and stabilize the Homewood Coliseum
  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority will receive additional $1,000,000 to revitalize the Hunt Armory Recreation Facility
  • $500,000 for the City of Pittsburgh to expand Homewood Park
  • $1,000,000 go to the City of Pittsburgh to renovate the public pool at the Oliver Bath House
  • $1,000,000 for ICON Development, Pgh to begin work on a mixed-use project at Lexington Technology Park
  • $500,000 for the development of a 12-story office and retail building at Innovation Research Tower to include 100 parking spaces, and 86 bicycle spaces