Connellsville up for fix-up money
The Fayette County Cultural Trust is moving ahead with the application process for potential funding through the Neighborhood Partnership Program to help revitalize downtown Connellsville.
Michael Edwards, executive director of the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, said Connellsville was one of five communities recently selected as finalists for the program. A total of 20 cities applied for the program.
Each of the five communities selected could potentially receive $500,000 a year in funding during the six-year plan, Edwards said.
The funding will be provided through an $18 million grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, he said. Each of the communities must submit a complicated application to receive funding.
“We just found out that Connellsville was selected as one of the finalists a few weeks ago,” Edwards said. “Connellsville was selected because it is a low-income community. A two-block area in Washington, Pa., near the college was also selected as a finalist. The area is considered low-income because of the college students.”
Edwards said the Fayette County Cultural Trust received support letters for the grant funding from many nonprofit organizations, including the Fayette County Redevelopment Authority, Highlands Hospital and the Wesley Health Center, among others.
“We needed the Fayette County Cultural Trust to apply for the funding because of its 501(c)3 nonprofit status,” Edwards said.
Under the program, Edwards explained that corporations, including CSX Railroad and West Penn Power Co., could receive up to $500,000 in tax credits for providing funding to help community projects in Connellsville and other communities.
In other business, the authority:
• Awarded an $18,350 quote to M&D Excavating of Springfield Township to pave the senior citizens center parking lot. Two other quotes received for the project included $18,400 from Maloy's Paving of Dunbar and $21,800 from LBS Contracting, LLC of Dunbar.
• Announced that the Carnegie Free Library plans to use $30,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to replace the roof of the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The funding was allocated to the city in 2011 and set aside for the library project.
Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fayette County man gets up to 12 years in prison for raping 3-month-old girl
- Fay-West hit first by flooding, then by snow
- Industrial park work in Dunbar Township scheduled
- Man admits to posing as doctor to con Nemacolin resort
- Local lawmakers question Wolf’s budget plan
- Flooding hits streams, basements
- Highlands Hospital reports strong 2014
- Home invasion suspect from Uniontown guilty
- Geibel seniors land lead roles
- Porterfield: Donegal parish serving Lenten dinners on Fridays