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Governor Corbett Announces Funding to Support Community Redevelopment in Westmoreland County

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development awarded a $25,000 Keystone Communities Public Improvement grant to support Main Street redevelopment efforts to transform blighted structure into an updated park setting within the heart of the East End of the Borough of Mount Pleasant.

“We are building a stronger Pennsylvania by creating economic opportunity at the local level,” said Governor Tom Corbett. “This partnership with Westmoreland County will help redevelop a portion of the Main Street corridor that residents and visitors of the Borough of Mount Pleasant will find useful.”

The Keystone Communities program will provide funding for the completion of a parklet and green space as well as a small municipal parking lot on the East End of the Main Street corridor. Funding will support several projects including concrete for sidewalks, benches, trash cans, bike racks, trees, grass sod, lights and signage, and rain garden installation.

"This is a model redevelopment project that will make a great downtown even better,” said April Kopas, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland. "Our longstanding working relationship with Borough officials makes projects like these so successful."

The Main Street corridor is nine blocks and consists of a variety of retail space, professional offices, institutional uses, and residential and mixed-use buildings with three distinct Main Street zones: West End, Central District and East End. Mount Pleasant has seen the Main Street corridor renewed on the West End and Central District in past years and is now moving forward to enhance the East End.

With recent reinvestment by new proprietors of restaurants and retail services, this project will serve as a catalyst for other property owners to reinvest in their building facades and overall appearance of the East End.

The Borough of Mount Pleasant has partnered with Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland to complete revitalization efforts along Route 31, which is the Borough’s Main Street Corridor, in an effort to entice travelers of the Laurel Highlands region to experience the restored area.

The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist commonwealth communities in achieving redevelopment. The program supports physical improvements to both designated and other communities that are undertaking revitalization to restore deteriorated downtowns, residential neighborhoods and industrial/manufacturing sites.

For more information about the Keystone Communities program and other community development initiatives visit www.newPA.comor call 1-866-466-3972.

Media contacts:
Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-1132


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