Senator Yudichak Announces $6.8 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program Funding for projects in 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County

Nanticoke, December 6, 2021 – State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) announced $6.8 million in grant funding today through the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program (RACP) for five projects located in the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County.

Hazelton Creek Commerce Center Holdings, LLC will receive $2,000,000 in funding for the Hazleton Creek Commerce Center. The project will develop over 5,500,000 SF of commercial/industrial space with five buildings ranging in size from 550,000 to 2,200,000 SF. In addition to significant remediation work, there will also be the undertaking of large infrastructure development to maximize the reuse possibility. Improvements will be made at the project intersections and a privately developed and maintained internal boulevard system will be constructed, including a combination of public walking trails, landscaping improvements, and bus shelters.

“Today’s Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program funding announcement could not have come at a better time as our region continues to recover from the various economic and health challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to continue to invest our resources in infrastructure and public/private partnerships that will spur additional private investment and development from companies that will create good, family sustaining jobs,” said State Senator Yudichak. “Funding for projects like the Hazleton Creek Commerce Center will continue to bolster the sustained economic growth in Luzerne County’s core cities, like the City of Hazleton. Furthermore, the state’s investment in the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s planned upgrades to its Hazleton facilities will improve healthcare and quality of life for the residents of the Greater Hazleton region.”

“I would like to thank Senator Yudichak and the state for their continued support of the City of Hazleton,” said Jeff Cusat, Mayor, City of Hazleton. “It’s great to see the state invest in a project that will create jobs and will help to continue the positive trend of economic development in our city.”

 

  • King’s College will receive $2 million in funding for its project to rehabilitate the Times Leader Building. These improvements include: abatement of hazardous materials, redevelopment, structural improvements, interior improvements, general construction, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, interior demolition, flooring, elevator, roof, façade, and site work. The project, once completed will ultimately convert this building into a facility to prepare career-ready candidates for high paying in-demand professions.
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network will receive $1 million in funding to upgrade its healthcare infrastructure in the Greater Hazleton region.
  • Valley Crest Real Estate will receive $900,000 in funding for Phase III of the Valley Crest Commons project. The project consists of 64.6 acres that have been rezoned for mixed use. All of the older buildings will be demolished and asbestos abatement will be carried out prior to demolition. Six development areas will be used for commercial development. One development parcel will be constructed for apartment use.
  • Waste Reduction Recycling and Transfer will receive $900,000 in funding for its NEPA Waste Reduction Expansion project. The project would include the construction of an 11,000 SF pre-engineered metal building with concrete retaining walls, concrete push walls, loading bay, and truck scales to allow for daily unloading of private, municipal, and construction debris demolition waste, sorting, recycling, and transfer to landfills as permitted. The project will include site work to and from the existing scale house and approximately one acre surrounding the new facility for access and empty trailer storage/staging.

RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.

Contact:

Brad Hurley (bhurley@pasen.gov)