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Lloyd Avenue project gets $10K boost

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Latrobe Industrial Development Authority approved a $10,000 grant to the city to continue the Lloyd Avenue beautification project.

The project has replaced grass strips between the sidewalk and road with pervious concrete and trees between 444 and 424 Lloyd Ave.

With these funds, the project on the east side of the street should be able to reach the Dunkin' Donuts store at 300 Lloyd Ave., said Jarod Trunzo, sustainability and community outreach coordinator for the city.

“The really good thing is none of this is being done with taxpayer dollars,” he said.

Electric company First Energy is providing $1,000 in matching money, as is Homes Build Hope, a Greensburg-based affordable housing agency. Trunzo said.

People's Natural Gas is also reviewing an pledge application for an additional $5,000 grant, he said.

“It's a huge jump that we were looking for for months,” he said, adding that he and representatives from the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program are in talks for the rest of the match.

The authority collects fees when assisting applicants with state loans and grants, said Chairwoman Anita Manoli.

“The Latrobe Industrial Industrial Development Authority has in its accounts funds from years of application fees,” she said, adding that the match must be made by Dec. 31.

The stamped concrete allows water to pass through, watering the trees and reducing runoff. It also increases safety for the residents, who previously had to mow the grass while traffic passed by inches away.

Chanticleer pear trees and a special hearty maple designed to grow taller rather than wider were chosen for the ease of maintenance along Lloyd Avenue.

Replacing the grass strips is part of a larger gateway project that has been underway for about seven years, including rehabilitating old homes and rental units on Lloyd Avenue through federal, state and county redevelopment funding as well as the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor and the McFeely-Rogers Foundation.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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