SCRANTON, August 28, 2019 – Sen. John Blake (D- Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that the City of Scranton will receive a $352,500 Industrial Sites Reuse Program grant for site cleanup associated with the proposed downtown public park.

“This funding is great news for the City of Scranton and our downtown residential population,” Blake said. “This blighted lot in the heart of our core business district has long been an eyesore in downtown Scranton. I applaud the Wolf Administration for their continued dedication to downtown revitalization and community development.”

Blake noted that the park project being spearheaded by Scranton Tomorrow also received a $400,000 Keystone Communities grant in January 2018. The proposed park would be located at the corner of Linden St. and Wyoming Ave. in downtown Scranton.

The grant will be used for the removal and disposal of soil and several deteriorated concrete building slabs. The site occupies approximately 0.26 acres and was utilized as a lumber storage in 1884, and a dry cleaner from 1956 until 2000. ISRP funds will be used for remediation consisting of soil excavation, monitoring well abandonment, and a health and safety plan update.

The Industrial Sites Reuse Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.

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