HARRISBURG – Communities in the 44th District will soon be adding much-needed recreation, road and infrastructure improvements thanks to grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), according to Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny).
Quaker Valley Recreation Association will receive $500,000, Moon Marketplace $1.5 million and Imperial Land Corporation $500,000.
Gaydos, who advocated for all of the projects, said Quaker Valley Recreation Association will use its grant money for the Bell Acres Recreation Park Development plan. The project includes construction of a high-performance turf soccer/lacrosse field, bathroom and concessions construction, playground construction, and infrastructure development for parking and utilities.
Moon Marketplace’s grant funding will be used for the Diamond Ridge Recreation project. The property will be enhanced with a variety of recreational activities that will include walking trails, sports courts and social space.
“These are proud communities in the 44th District with reputations of being vibrant and attractive places in which to live, work, play and visit,” said Gaydos. “Outdoor environments encourage exercise and athletic competition, and provide recreation for people of all ages, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the surroundings provided by mother nature. There are health benefits to being in the outdoors. Researchers have linked exposure to the outdoors with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and asthma hospitalizations.”
Imperial Land Corporation in Findlay Township will use its funds for Findlay Industrial Park Lots O and P. The project is a 400 plus acre site with immediate access to PA 576 at the Westport Interchange. The scope of the project will include site work, roadway improvements, stormwater management and utility extensions. Two building pads (Lots O and P) will be graded and totally prepared for development upon completion of the project.
“This is an important infrastructure development undertaking,” said Gaydos. “It will provide much-needed shovel-ready development sites within the ‘Energy Corridor’ and make immediate use of the new Southern Beltway that connects from Southpointe Business Park to the airport and beyond to the Shell Cracker Plant in Beaver County.”
Funding for the project was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act.
RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. These projects have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are funded by the state and cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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