Bizzarro, Fabrizio and Harkins announce $6 million in state grants; Erie County General Authority, City of Erie to receive funding

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Flo Fabrizio and Pat Harkins, all D-Erie, today announced two grants totaling $6 million to the Erie County General Authority and the City of Erie from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

"The grants approved today will have a remarkable influence on the development and prosperity of the Erie region," Bizzarro said. "We look forward to utilizing these funds as we continue our mission to make our community a place everyone wants to call home."

Erie County General Authority will use $5 million in funding to redevelop SB3 Industrial Park, the former Hammermill/International Paper manufacturing site located in the heart of the City of Erie.

"Once International Paper ceased operations, the mill facilities were demolished leaving behind existing foundations, slabs and subsurface conditions not conducive for redevelopment," Harkins said. "RACP funds will be used to address existing subsurface conditions such as the removal of concrete slabs and footers."

The funding will also address the maintenance of on-site utilities and infrastructure to support redevelopment plans.

The remaining $1 million will go towards the City of Erie's Downtown Revitalization Street Scape, with plans to install new sidewalks, street lighting, pedestrian lighting, curbing and parking kiosks. The goal is to make high quality, consistent downtown streetscapes that are user-friendly to complement the private investment of over $324 million, the lawmakers said.

The target areas include parts of French and State streets, North Park Row, and Third and 14th streets.

RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, 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 state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.