JEANNETTE – Pennsylvania State Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and State Rep. Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) today announced the release of $3.2 million in state funding for Westmoreland County redevelopment projects in the City of Jeannette and Sewickley Township.
The funds, secured from the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), were awarded to the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC).
The Jeannette Glass Works project received $2.2 million to support demolition, site remediation and redevelopment of the 13.2-acre site, located in the downtown area in the City of Jeannette. In addition, the RACP funding will support the installation of infrastructure, which will include storm sewers, sanitary sewers, waterline, utilities, soil erosion and sedimentation control, road paving and related costs to improve the site.
Commerce Crossing at Westmoreland, a 206-acre industrial park in Sewickley Township adjacent to Interstate 70 at the Waltz Mill Exit, was awarded $1 million to assist in development site. The industrial park will consist of five parcels and offer rail accessibility. Due to the Shell Ethane Cracker is nearby Beaver County, rail sites are at a greater premium. An estimated 1,100 jobs are expected to be created.
“Both of these projects are keys to maintaining our manufacturing and industrial presence in the region and increasing jobs,” Ward said. “The work done specifically on the Jeannette Glass site is a culmination of hard work from all areas of government.”
“I’m pleased we were able to secure funding for these two important projects,” Walsh added. “Both are keys to encouraging economic growth in the area. This is an example of the progress that can be made when everyone works together toward common goals and signals Westmoreland County is open for business.”
The RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvements projects. For more information on the RACP Grant click here
Representative Justin Walsh
58th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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