PITTSBURGH, PA − September 5, 2018 Senator Wayne D. Fontana is pleased to announce today that redevelopment projects within Allegheny County have received a combined total of $15.75 million through the state administered Redevelopment Assistance Capital (RACP) grant program.

“The grant funds will allow a multitude of organizations to accomplish much needed facility renovations,” said Fontana. “Once these institutions have the facilities they need, they can focus on providing quality jobs and resources to our community.”

Grant recipients are:

  • The Sarah Heinz House Learning Facility − $750,000 for renovations needed to provide high quality and technologically advanced after-school and STEM programs to students.
  • The AMPAC Plumber Training Facility − $500,000 to transform a vacant public school into an apprentice/vocational school for plumber training.
  • The Strip District Riverbank improvements − $500,000 which will focus on two sections of river-wall in the Strip District, as well as improvements to the adjacent Riverfront Trail.
  • Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) − $1,000,000 to construct a 50,000 square foot academic cancer center on the campus located in the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Astrobotic Capital Expansion Project − $500,000 for capital equipment which the company plans to purchase for use in its spacecraft high bay.
  • Stevens Elementary School Redevelopment − $1,000,000 for a Special Deployment Division headquarters that will serve as a multi-functional training facility and will include offices and equipment storage space.
  • University Palumbo Center Renovation − $2,000,000 for a complete transformation of the building, opening the facility out to Forbes Avenue and to the community at large.
  • Forest City Freight House Development − $1,000,000 to re-purpose the building and provide a medical training center school with six new restaurant spaces.
  • New Granada Theater − $2,000,000 to restore the historic facade, while also contributing to a full renovation to the amenities the theatre provides.
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Site Improvements − $1,000,000 for improvements to ensure the safety of all who visit the campus, and improvements will be in areas such as traffic mitigation, building improvements, and landscaping.
  • Allegheny Commons Park Fountain & Infrastructure Project Phase I − $1,000,000 to complete Phase I construction on the site.
  • 119 Sixth Street Multiplex Development Phase Two − $1,000,000 for plans to redevelop the site into a multiplex and live performance space.
  • Pressley Ridge School for Autism and Deaf − $750,000 for construction of a 38,000 square foot school building that will incorporate up-to-date technologies for the proper education and life skills training for students.
  • Lower Hill Infrastructure − $2,000,000 for Phase II of the project which will include construction of a new 3-acre urban public park that will incorporate pedestrian and bicycle pathways, and other amenities improvements.
  • James Turrell Skyspace and Deck Installation − $750,000 for James Turrell and his Skyspace, which will be the fourth of his public works installations.

The RACP Commonwealth grant program is administered through the Office of the Budget with the goal of aiding the construction of regionally focused economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP funds are given to projects that demonstrate their ability to maintain jobs, tax revenue and economic prosperity for their regions.