Senator Yudichak Announces RACP grants for Luzerne County’s 14th Senatorial District

Nanticoke, December 11, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that $9 million in grant funding has been awarded to seven projects in the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

“As we continue to recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am grateful that we are utilizing the resources available to us to invest in infrastructure projects that will spur additional private capital investment in Luzerne County,” said Senator John Yudichak. “The Valley Crest Commons project, the Whitney Point Industrial Park, and all the projects funded today in the 14th Senatorial District are vital redevelopment projects that will lead to economic growth and more job opportunities to help northeastern Pennsylvania working families recover from the financial hardships of this terrible pandemic.”

The Redevelopment Authority of Luzerne County will receive $500,000 for the Valley Crest Commons Phase 2 project. The funds will be used for construction improvements to Valley Crest Boulevard through the heart of this 62-acre development. This includes storm sewers, inlets and other needed public improvements related to this interior street.

“The Valley Crest team is honored, grateful, and excited about this RACP grant award,” said Robert Tamburro, General Partner, Trustee, TFP Limited Real Estate Development and Management. “I want to thank Senator John Yudichak, his team, and all legislators that have supported this important regional project.”

Newport Township will receive $1,500,000 on behalf of Whitney Point Industrial Park for both reclamation work and infrastructure upgrades to sections of the existing park. The upgrades will help to attract new industry to the industrial park and the South Valley.

Other projects receiving funding in Luzerne County’s 14th Senatorial District include:

  • The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund will receive $2,500,000 for the Gateway Center Project. The project will be a mixed-use urban development, comprised of three primary elements: a five-story building containing a 107-key select-service hotel, luxury condominiums, conference space, and 300-spot parking garage.
  • The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund will receive $1,500,000 for the Mohegan Sun Arena Capital Improvement Project. The Project will include eight renovation and equipment upgrade components that will enhance the capabilities, aesthetics, and functionality of the arena.
  • B. Classics, Inc. will receive $1,000,000 for the Main Street Pittston Redevelopment Project. The project involves the redevelopment of the 30,000 sq. ft. 108 South Main Street property into a revitalized multi-tenant commercial facility.
  • Irem Temple Restoration Project, Inc. will receive $1,000,000 for the Irem Temple Restoration Project Phase II.
  • USA Pork Packers will receive $1,000,000 for its Facility Expansion Project. Phase I of the project is currently underway, consisting of the construction of a 20,000 sq. ft. building that will include modern automated processing systems, creating new jobs and increasing workplace safety for UPP employees.


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