SCRANTON, August 1, 2019 – Sen. John Blake (D- Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that five redevelopment projects throughout his 22nd Senatorial District will receive $5.5 million in state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants.

“The RACP funding announced today will be incredibly impactful for our region in community and economic development; availability of quality health and mental health care; school security; and access for women to job training and business support,” Blake said. “I commend the Wolf Administration for their continued dedication to important redevelopment projects throughout our region and across the Commonwealth.”

The Wright Center for Community Health received $1.5 million to open a 36,000 sq. ft. primary care clinic at 501 S. Washington Avenue in Scranton that will house its Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence. The funds will equip the space for primary care, dental, and behavioral health services, and for the training of primary care physicians.

“The Wright Center has been an essential and reliable health care partner in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and they have already secured a commitment of federal New Markets Tax Credits and significant philanthropic support for this important $10 million project,” Blake added.

The project to redevelop the former Scranton Laceworks factory received $2 million to restore the most significant and original buildings at the complex. The RACP funds will be used for design, engineering, historic preservation and construction services required to successfully stabilize and enhance the historic essence of the historic Laceworks complex.

Also in Scranton, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania received $500,000 to establish the South Scranton Woman’s Business Incubator. This project will renovate the former People’s Security Bank into an incubator targeted to provide intensive business support and training to women

“United Neighborhood Centers has worked for years to completely transform South Scranton from an unsafe area stagnated by disinvestment into a beautiful, mixed use community with stable commercial and residential development” Blake said. “This redevelopment project completes UNC’s vision for South Scranton and will be an incredible asset to women looking to build their business or enhance their careers.” 

Additionally, Old Forge School District received $500,000 to make a number of energy efficiency and security upgrades to their facilities. 

In Luzerne County, Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance received $1 million to fund an addition on the Interstate Building Materials manufacturing facility in Pittston Township. The addition will increase office and warehouse space.

RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Governor’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and community development improvement projects.  The program requires a dollar for dollar match in non-state funding in the project and all project related expenses must be incurred and satisfied in advance of approved reimbursements from the state.

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