Kittanning Borough will receive state grants totaling $150,000 for its façade improvement and street repaving efforts, according to Senator Don White and Representative Jeff Pyle.
The borough will receive a much anticipated $50,000 façade improvement grant and an additional $100,000 grant to repave various streets around the community from the Department of Community & Economic Development’s Keystone Communities program, according to Senator White, who spearheaded the efforts to secure the funding.
With these latest awards, Senator White and Representative Pyle have secured nearly $8 million in state and federal funding for the borough during their time in office.
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent the residents of Kittanning and Armstrong County and be their advocate in Harrisburg,” said Senator White, who is retiring from office on February 28. “I have made the revitalization of Kittanning – the county seat and literal heart of Armstrong County – one of my top priorities over the last 18-plus years. We have made a lot of progress during that time and these grants will help continue those efforts.”
“Don White has been a true champion for our community and I was pleased to work with him in these efforts to enhance Kittanning and Armstrong County,” said Representative Pyle. “There is a great deal of enthusiasm in the community for the façade grant in particular and it is great to see this latest investment by the state in supporting the ongoing downtown improvement efforts.”
Under the borough’s façade improvement plan, property owners could receive matching grants of up to $5,000. “This will provide a real financial incentive to encourage building owners to become active partners in the community revitalization efforts,” Senator White said.
The $100,000 provides for street improvements and is designed to give borough officials the latitude to determine the best uses for the funding. Kittanning can prioritize the repaving projects based on need and costs.