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Hazleton Awarded $1 Million for Downtown Revitalization Project, Say Toohil, Yudichak
10/28/2016
HARRISBURG – The city of Hazelton today was awarded $1 million in funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for revitalization projects in the downtown business district, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon).

Specifically, the grant will go toward the rehabilitation of five vacant properties which have been identified as priority projects in the recently completed Strategic Downtown Revitalization Plan undertaken by the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress (DHAP). These improvements will enable the establishment of a downtown educational center, business incubator, and provide additional leasable space for business and hospitality services. It will also fund continued improvements towards a new city park and arts center.

“I strongly believe these projects are the ingredients for success,” said Toohil. “Because of their close proximity, they will develop a synergistic relationship, serving as a catalyst for continued downtown revitalization. The partnerships that have been created show the community is united toward a common goal of bringing new life to the city center.”

“The Commonwealth’s continued partnership with the Downtown Hazleton Alliance is producing new businesses, along with new arts and recreational amenities, that all lead to a better Hazleton,” said Yudichak. “Working with Rep. Toohil and Hazleton City officials, we are proving with each significant state investment that progress is being made to revitalize Hazleton.”

The individual projects receiving funding include:

  • City Arts Center – construction of studios and classrooms.
  • 21-23 W. Broad St. (Remember When building) – code improvements.
  • 13-15 W. Broad St. (Bingo building) – renovation as a business incubator.
  • HNB Bank Building – lobby/mezzanine renovations.
  • City Park – plaza construction, lighting installation and vegetation.

RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil

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