State Funding Supports Local Business, Transportation Projects

HARRISBURG – A series of grants and loans from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will aid in the completion of a number of transportation and business projects in Washington and Greene counties, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

A total of $15 million in grant and loan funding was awarded to the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington for the redevelopment of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation site in Allenport Borough and the former Brockway Machine Bottle Co. site in Canton Township.

The Allenport Borough property will be developed into heavy and light industrial facilities for manufacturing, storage and transportation. The project is expected to create 550 new jobs and retain more than 50 existing jobs.

The Brockway Glass plant will be renovated into a modern industrial warehouse to support the oil and gas industries. It is expected that the project will create approximately 100 new jobs.

The grants and loans were awarded as part of the Business in Our Sites program, which was created to attract growing and expanding businesses to relocate to previously utilized property or undeveloped property that is planned and zoned for development.

Three other grants were awarded through the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, which provides funding to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to community residents.

Two of the projects are in Waynesburg Borough. A $250,000 grant will support the construction of a pedestrian link along Church Street between the Waynesburg University campus and the High Street business corridor, and a $90,000 grant will aid in repairing a slide on Liberty Avenue.

A $198,499 grant will also help repair damage caused by a landslide along Long Mile Road in Washington Township.

CONTACT: Katrina Hanna (717) 787-1463