Governor Corbett Announces Funding to Support Downtown Development in Indiana County

Indiana_Pennsylvania_Philadelphia_Street_2010HARRISBURG, Pa.– Governor Tom Corbett yesterday announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) awarded Indiana County $500,000.00 in Keystone Communities grants to support accessible housing modifications and public improvement projects in Indiana County.

“The funding announced today through the Keystone Communities program will help support the residents of Indiana County through strategic infrastructure support,” said Gov. Corbett. “The health of our local communities ensures the health of our entire state and today we’re happy to support projects that will provide a boost in Indiana County.”

The Keystone Communities program will provide funding for two grants in the amounts of $300,000.00 for accessible housing initiatives and $200,000.00 for public improvement projects.

The Indiana County Board of Commissioners was awarded $300,000.00 to provide access modifications for residents in Indiana County.

The Indiana County Office of Planning and Development will collaborate with The Center for Independence Living of South Central Pennsylvania to help county residents and veterans living with permanent physical disabilities make necessary modifications to remain in their homes or return home. The county anticipates that a minimum of 18 households will be assisted with these funds.

The Borough of Blairsville was awarded $200,000.00 on behalf of the Blairsville Community Development Authority to undertake infrastructure improvements in the Blairsville Riverfront Village area and to support construction of eight condominium units to be sold as market rate housing.

The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist commonwealth communities in achieving redevelopment. The program supports physical improvements to both designated and other communities that are undertaking revitalization to restore deteriorated downtowns, residential neighborhoods and industrial/manufacturing sites.

For more information about the Keystone Communities program and other community development initiatives, visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.


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