SCRANTON, January 22, 2020 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced over $4 million dollars in state grants for important community and economic development projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District.

The funding was approved earlier today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through the Monroe County Local Share Account (LSA).

“The LSA grant program continues to provide extraordinary benefits to communities and important projects across our region,” Blake said. “The funding announced today includes the rehabilitation and improvement of multiple community spaces; projects that enhance public safety and the capabilities of our local police departments; and important economic development projects that will grow our economy and attract business growth and public interest in NEPA.”

Blake noted that he worked closely with state Reps. Mike Carroll, Marty Flynn, Kyle Mullins, Bridget Malloy Kosierowski, Maureen Madden and Karen Boback to identify important projects across the district.

In Lackawanna County, the following projects received $2.925 million in grant funding through the Monroe Local Share Account:

  • Old Forge Borough received $300,000 for the construction and renovation of their municipal buildings.
  • Elmhurst Township received $350,000 to reconstruct an existing municipal garage to allow for additional space to maintain and store road department vehicles.
  • Moscow Borough received $200,000 for the purchase of a dump truck and backhoe for their Department of Public Works.
  • Lackawanna College received $125,000 for technology upgrades to the Peoples Security Bank Theater on campus. The upgrades will allow the college to create the first competition level eSports arena in NEPA.
  • The Greater Carbondale YMCA received $125,000 to renovate their lower level with additional classrooms and expanded kitchen.
  • Dickson City Borough received $100,000 to renovate an empty building into a community center.
  • The City of Scranton received $75,000 for the development and construction of the Garden of Cedar – a pocket park and community garden at the former site of a demolished building along Cedar Alley.
  • West Scranton Community Development received $100,000 for the purchase and renovation of the 310-316 N. Main Ave. and 1029 W. Lackawanna Ave. for a new facility for programming
  • Discovery MI Preschool received $30,000 for Phase II of their building rehabilitation in the East Mountain section of Scranton.
  • Waverly Township Police Department received $50,000 for the purchase of a 2020 Ford Utility Interceptor patrol car.
  • Mayfield Police Department received $50,000 for the purchase of a 2020 Ford Interceptor SUV.
  • The Scranton Cooperative Farmer’s Market received $21,106 for continued renovations at the Farmer’s Market that includes electrical and security upgrades.
  • Taylor Borough received $205,000 to complete renovations in the gymnasium at Taylor Borough Community Center
  • Dunmore Little League received $150,000 to install new fencing, backstops and dugouts at their little league field.
  • Lackawanna County received $90,000 for the establishment of the MetroAction Small Business Loan Program, a revolving loan fund for small businesses in Lackawanna County.
  • The Scranton Municipal Recreation Authority received $62,000 to refurbish the popular swimming pool at Nay Aug Park.
  • American Legion Post 579 received $50,000 to renovate their Moscow location.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of NEPA received $20,000 for the replacement of exterior windows with new, energy efficient aluminum windows.
  • The City of Scranton received $38,254 for the installation of 20 surveillance cameras at four city parks to assist the Scranton Police Department with public safety.
  • Clifton Township received $90,000 for the purchase of a new John Deer Backhoe for use in the township.
  • Glenburn Township received $80,000 for the purchase of an F-550 maintenance vehicle outfitted with the municipal package necessary to perform general maintenance, snow removal and salt application.
  • Archbald Community Ambulance and Rescue Squad received $41,254 for the purchase of an ambulance cot and power loading system.
  • The Volunteer Hose Company of Throop received $50,000 for the replacement of the deteriorating roof at the fire station.
  • The Indraloka Animal Sanctuary received $63,000 to continue renovations to their historic barn to use as a fully accessible central hub for educational activities, art displays and community events.
  • The Greater Scranton YMCA received $125,000 for the replacement of 16 boilers that have long-surpassed their 20-year expected service life.
  • La Plume Township received $88,394 to repair and repave College Rd.
  • United Community Outreach received $25,000 for the construction of a 150’ x 7’ outdoor covering for their food distribution warehouse that serves thousands of area residents.
  • The City of Scranton received $15,000 for the purchase of security camera systems that will be installed at four parking garages in the downtown business district.
  • Spring Brook Township received $100,000 to excavate and pave Aston Mountain Rd. from State Route 502 to Gudz Rd.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast PA received $100,000 to purchase two wheelchair vans to facilitate transportation of Adult Day Training Program customers.
  • The Boy Scouts of America Troop 42 received $5,992 to purchase and outfit a trailer to assist with transport and storage of scout gear for special events and camping trips.

In the Monroe County portion of the 22nd Senatorial District, the following five projects received over $1.15 million in LSA funding:

  • Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services received $315,000 to complete extensive repairs and expansion of their existing ambulance station.
  • Luke’s Health Network received $308,165 for the construction of a family medical clinic inside The Mountain Center facility in Coolbaugh Township.
  • Pocono Mountains Industrial Park Authority received $291,522 for the repair of three sewage treatment facilities in order to transfer ownership to Mount Pocono Municipal Authority.
  • Barrett Township received $170,862 for the demolition and reconstruction of the deteriorating bridge on Old Canadensis Hill Rd.
  • The Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport Authority received $62,555 for the purchase of a truck and snowplow to service the Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport.

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