Sharpsburg Receives $1.52M in Grants

Sharpsburg Borough Council received notice that it will be the recipient of $1.52 million in grants from the state to help expedite revitalization of areas of the town. Included in the grant funding is  $1.5 million from PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund for reconstruction of 19th Street and $25,000 from the Department of Community and Economic Development for upgrades at James Sharp Landing. The funds will improve access to 19th Street and could be the first steps to future development. Read more about the grants and projects in the following news article from The Herald.

James Sharp Landing along 13th Street in Sharpsburg will be upgraded, along with major reconstruction at 19th Street further along Freeport Road.

James Sharp Landing along 13th Street in Sharpsburg will be upgraded, along with major reconstruction at 19th Street further along Freeport Road. Photo by Jan Pakler | For Trib Total Media

Sharpsburg awarded $1.52 million in state grants

A state windfall of $1.52 million in grants for Sharpsburg will help expedite revitalization of the riverfront town.

The borough on Tuesday was awarded $1.5 million from PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund for reconstruction of 19th Street and $25,000 from the Department of Community and Economic Development for upgrades at James Sharp Landing.

“It’s a clear indication that Harrisburg is paying close attention and buying in to the growth and potential in Sharpsburg,” Mayor-elect Matt Rudzki said.

Money at 19th Street could pave the way for the road to be used as an entrance to the proposed Riverfront 47 commercial development along the Allegheny River. Sharpsburg officials applied jointly for the PennDOT grant with R47 developers, the Mosites Co.

“This is a positive step towards the future development of (R47),” Manager Bill Rossey said.

“The grant will help improve access to the riverfront property and aid in its future development.”

Council has not yet approved plans related to R47, a 1.5-mile stretch that could bring housing, light industry and shopping to Sharpsburg, O’Hara and Aspinwall.

Work at 19th Street will include intersection upgrades, new traffic signals and the removal of an overpass and retaining walls. It will require a 30 percent match.

Rudzki said the project will impact residents far before any dirt is moved at the site.

“Even if we are still a year or two away from the site being shovel-ready, by improving the ease of access at 19th Street we enhance the safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists in that area and make the approach to the riverfront more inviting,” he said.

Work will also improve vehicle traffic for the businesses along 19th Street, which include the borough’s public works and Silky’s Crows Nest.

Rudzki thanked state legislators who advocated for the grant, including state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights and state senators Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler and Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline.

The borough also received word on Tuesday of a $25,000 grant from DCED’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program for upgrades at James Sharp Landing.

Money will be used to expand the public boat launch at 13th Street.

Rossey said the entrance road will be paved and more dock space will be added, along with additional lighting for improved security.

This article originally appeared on www.triblive.com on Nov. 16, 2017. Article written by Tawnya Panizzi.