Rep. Barletta secures funding for major Pittston redevelopment project

Aug 4, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON– U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, secured $3 million in funding for a major economic development project in Pittston that will help revitalize and breathe new life into the city’s downtown.

Rep. Barletta worked with the office of Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett to obtain $3 million for Pittston’s Main Street Redevelopment project.

Because of Rep. Barletta’s efforts, Gov. Corbett will release the money through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

“This is fantastic news for the residents and business owners of Pittston. As a former mayor, I understand the need for projects that revitalize the downtowns of our communities. Through the prudent use of fiscal resources, we can make our downtowns more appealing and attractive to residents and customers. This grows the tax base and helps our communities,” Rep. Barletta said. “Governments at all levels are learning to do more with less, and they’re increasingly selective about the projects they fund. Pittston’s Main Street Redevelopment project is worth the investment, and I’m proud to have played a role in securing funding for it.”

The Main Street Redevelopment project will create first-floor retail space and office space in downtown Pittston. Off-street parking is part of the project, which has a total cost of almost $6.5 million. RACP grant funding will be $3 million – about 46 percent of the total project cost.

The project stalled due to the lack of inclusion in the RACP program. On July 22, Rep. Barletta sent a letter to Gov. Corbett regarding the Main Street Redevelopment project. Within two weeks, Gov. Corbett’s office approved placing the project in the RACP program. Now, Pittston’s Main Street Redevelopment Project can move forward.

“I thank Governor Corbett for his investment in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Governor Corbett moved very quickly to respond to our request, and his prompt attention to the needs of my constituents is greatly appreciated,” Rep. Barletta added.