HARRISBURG, May 5, 2011 – – State Sen. John P. Blake today announced state funding totaling $354,998 for three projects in Monroe County. The state grant money for the projects in Barrett and Coolbaugh Townships is derived from the “local share assessment” (LSA) account generated by the gaming industry.

“I am very pleased that our residents continue to see some of the positive impacts of the gaming industry in Pennsylvania,” Blake said. “In yet another difficult year for the economy, state funding is becoming incredibly scarce and without this money from gaming funds, the costs of important community development projects would fall solely onto our local communities and local taxpayers.”

Blake said that the three Monroe County projects receiving LSA funding in his district include:

  • $200,000 to renovate, modernize and convert a historic building into a senior center in Barrett Township
  • $89,998 for site preparation costs associated with a proposed event center and boutique-style hotel at the historic Buck Hill Inn located in Barrett Township
  • $65,000 to make traffic and drainage improvements and repave a portion of the Hemlock Drive and State Route 611 intersection in Coolbaugh Township.

The “local share assessment” (LSA) account was established by the Pennsylvania Horse Race and Gaming Development Act. The funds are generated by the commonwealth’s gaming facilities.

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