HARRISBURG, January 29, 2013 –  State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced a total    of  $ 1.675 million in state grant funds for seven economic development and infrastructure projects in Northampton County.

“This portion of gaming proceeds helps fund community improvement and economic development efforts that create jobs, stimulate local investment and improve the quality of life in our communities,” Boscola said.

“I am pleased with how our region is benefitting through the use of funds from the state’s growing gaming industry. I will continue to work with local leaders on ways to use state resources to bolster local efforts.”

The seven Northampton County projects in Boscola’s district that received funding include:

  • East Bangor Borough received $120,814 to convert and remodel an old church into a borough building. Boscola said the borough currently operates out of a private residence and its police department operates out of an old garage.
  • Northampton Borough received $65,000 to purchase a blighted vacant lot where Kroope’s Clothing and General Store once stood. The property will be transformed into an urban park in the uptown business district.
  • The Northampton County Industrial Development Authority received $440,000 for infrastructure work at the Lower Nazareth Commercial Park. Boscola said they are constructing new municipal water and sewer lines to better accommodate businesses at the 17-acre office park. She added that the project also includes new roadways, sidewalks and curbing to develop an additional 25 acres.
  • The Northampton County Industrial Development Authority received $450,000 to construct a new highway interchange on Route 33 at SR 1002 Main Street in Palmer Township. She said the project will include replacing the Main Street Bridge that spans Route 33. Boscola said the work will help accommodate the 12-year planned development of the land around the interchange for industrial, commercial, distribution and office space. Boscola said the project will provide direct access to over 800 acres of developable property.
  • Bangor Borough received $100,000 for realignment of the Brushy Meadow Creek to stem flooding and isolation of area homes. Boscola said that during periods of flooding, emergency crews are unable to reach those homes.
  • Bethlehem Township received $100,000 to renovate and expand the Nancy Run Fire Company and bring the facilities up to date.
  • Northampton County received $400,000 for construction work at the Slate Belt YMCA in Pen Argyl Borough. The funds will be used to build locker rooms, a wellness center, aerobic area and supporting areas.

All projects were approved today at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funds were made available through the allocation of the Monroe County local share gaming funds for contiguous counties.  The funds must be used for community and economic development projects.

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