Delayed State Funding Slated to Aid Projects across W.Pa.; A $1 Million State Boost Will Expedite Construction of a Temperature- Controlled Skybridge over Bellefield Avenue in Oakland, a Project That Will Enable Medically Fragile Children at Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind to Bypass Dangerous Treks amid Busy Traffic and Icy Winters. [Derived Headline]

By Lindstrom, Natasha | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 23, 2016 | Go to article overview

Delayed State Funding Slated to Aid Projects across W.Pa.; A $1 Million State Boost Will Expedite Construction of a Temperature- Controlled Skybridge over Bellefield Avenue in Oakland, a Project That Will Enable Medically Fragile Children at Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind to Bypass Dangerous Treks amid Busy Traffic and Icy Winters. [Derived Headline]


Lindstrom, Natasha, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A $1 million state boost will expedite construction of a temperature-controlled skybridge over Bellefield Avenue in Oakland, a project that will enable medically fragile children at Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind to bypass dangerous treks amid busy traffic and icy winters.

Another $1 million will help the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh grow its East End physical footprint by 50 percent, with planned renovations expected to increase its available beds from 36 to 48.

In Verona, Riverview Children's Center secured $800,000 toward a 5,000-square-foot expansion to create new space for families and reduce the size of its preschool wait list.

"Oh my god, my cheeks still hurt from smiling so much," said Betty Lisowski, executive director of Riverview, whose wait list has doubled in three years to about 150 children. "It will definitely expand our capacity and the number of students. I'm just ecstatic."

After an 18-month hiatus, Pennsylvania's largest redevelopment reimbursement program is poised to bankroll almost $168 million worth of capital projects statewide, records show. That includes at least $37 million slated for capital projects in Western Pennsylvania.

Funding recipients span government, business and nonprofit sectors, with nonprofit organizations in particular clamoring for the type of capital funding they tend to have a hard time raising privately.

"This is a real sigh of relief for a lot of nonprofits because their capital projects have been held up, their financing has been held up," said Samantha Balbier, executive director of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership. "This is going to get the ball rolling."

Among local awards committed by the state: $1 million to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium toward a $30.2 million project that will create 19 new animal exhibits; $1.2 million to the city of New Kensington to acquire properties near the Allegheny River; and $1 million to Trammell Crow Company toward its $200 million plans to build 300 apartments, office space and a hotel on the 14-acre brownfield lot east of Station Square.

Statewide, $1.6 billion in proposed projects for the 2015-16 funding round included public works, university and transportation projects and hotel, office space and a pediatric care unit. …

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