— Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Hempfield) today announced the release of more than $3 million in state funding to help create a hotel in the city of Greensburg, renovate the Greensburg YMCA and create the Hempfield Office Park.
Nelson advocated for the funding through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) program.
“I’m pleased to work with Sen. Kim Ward who helped play a key role to secure funding for these important projects that will help bring prosperity to our region,” Nelson said. “For almost 15 years, a downtown hotel has been in the city’s strategic plan. I’m hopeful funding for this project will make these dreams a reality. The Greensburg YMCA has played a central role in the well-being of our community’s residents. The renovations will ensure this continues. Finally, the Hempfield Office Park will help encourage economic growth and businesses to locate to the Greensburg area.”
The $1.5 million for the hotel project will allow for the adaptive reuse of a former department store. The proposal will demolish a building at 205 S. Pennsylvania Ave
. in order to create space for a new entrance giving street frontage on West Second Street to the hotel site. The building, which consists of six floors, will include a new façade and windows, and reconstruction of the inside to create hotel rooms.
The $625,000 grant for the Greensburg YMCA renovation will include the women’s locker room and first floor of the building.
Finally, the $1 million in funding for the office park will allow the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) to obtaining permits for the construction portion of the project; costs of installation of infrastructure that include storm management, sanitary sewers, water lines and other utilities, soil erosion and sedimentation control, road construction, earthwork and installation of sidewalks; and other related costs of site improvements. Once construction is complete, WCIDC will market pad sites ranging in size from five to eight acres per lot.
Funding for the project was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act.
The 57th Legislative District includes the following Westmoreland County communities: the city of Greensburg; the townships of Hempfield (part) and Salem; and the boroughs of Delmont, Hunker, New Stanton, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg and Youngwood.
Representative Eric Nelson
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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