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Sharpsburg earns $500,000 grant to transform Main Street

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 11:15 a.m.
Sharpsburg received a federal grant announced in June 2018  to spruce up Main Street. Work will be done over the next few years.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Sharpsburg received a federal grant announced in June 2018 to spruce up Main Street. Work will be done over the next few years.

Sharpsburg's business corridor will transform over the next few years into a pedestrian-friendly streetscape with safer sidewalks, lighting and benches, thanks to a $500,000 federal grant announced this month.

Money will be made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and funneled through Allegheny County and the North Hills Council of Governments.

“Over the course of the last few years, our borough has and is undergoing an incredible and exciting period of growth,” Mayor Matt Rudzki said.

“We are taking a responsible and sustainable approach in building a strong community.”

Unsafe sidewalks will be replaced and crosswalks and ramps will be improved; also to be replaced are street lighting, trees, trash cans and bike racks — all with the goal of making the downtown business district more walkable, Manager Bill Rossey said.

The makeover will help attract diverse shops and visitors to the borough, Rossey said.

The project will begin at the statue of Chief Guyasuta and travel in both directions along Main Street to Sixth and 13th streets.

“This will take a few years to complete, and we are working on getting more funding,” Rossey said.

To date, the borough has received $750,000 toward the work, including a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant in 2016 through the county Department of Community and Economic Development.

Rudzki said he believes the grants indicate that local, state and federal officials support the transformation of Sharpsburg.

In total, the borough has received more than $6 million in grants since 2016 for work that includes James Sharp Landing, 19th Street and the Sharpsburg Community library, Rudzki said.

“The grants and projects will help us sustain our progress and continue to make Sharpsburg a great place to live, work and play,” he said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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