Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Town Seeking $2 Million in Aid from State, U.S

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Town Seeking $2 Million in Aid from State, U.S

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With a little help from the state and the feds -- say about $2 million -- Monroeville could put the final touches on some of its most important projects.

So town officials met with the legislative delegation on Thursday for a lobbying session.

"We're asking our federal and state representatives to keep an eye out for funding opportunities and to move these projects along," said Monroeville Manager Marshall Bond.

State Sen. Sean Logan, D-Monroeville; state Rep. Joseph Markosek, D-Monroeville, and staff members for U.S. Reps. Mike Doyle, D- Swissvale, and Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, attended the meeting.

The top priority, Bond said, is finding more money for a proposed recreation center at Monroeville's new park on Tilbrook Road.

The 125-acre park and community center are expected to cost about $20 million, for which town officials have earmarked $14.1 million. Work on the athletic fields and infrastructure will begin early next year.

The next phase will be building a 62,410-square-foot recreation center that is expected to cost between $8.4 million to $10 million. Plans call for an indoor pool, gymnasium, locker rooms, track, wellness center, deck, patio, classrooms, lounges and activity rooms.

There is considerable community support for the center, but given the funding shortfall, council members have talked about scaling back.

That's where state and federal lawmakers come in. For $1.7 million, Bond told the legislative delegation, they could help Monroeville build the indoor swimming pool.

The community park and recreation center are key elements in Monroeville's strategy to grow by differentiating itself from other towns and providing services that will lure families to move there.

The community center would be the crown jewel, Bond said.

Markosek questioned whether there is a need for an indoor pool and whether it would duplicate the pool at the nearby Gateway School District athletic complex. …

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