Easton, November 23, 2016 – State Senator Lisa Boscola today announced $1 million in state grant funds to help build a new parking garage deck on North Fourth Street in Easton.

“I am excited about how this garage will help accelerate growth and spur additional investment throughout the city,” Boscola said. “I will continue to seek state support to help advance and stoke Easton’s economic resurgence.”

She said the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds approved today in Harrisburg will help finance construction of the new 350-car concrete garage deck. Boscola said the additional parking space is crucial to accommodating the booming business activity and population growth in the city.

“This garage deck isn’t a wishful thinking project,” Boscola said. “It’s a necessity. The tourists, businesses and residents are already in place. The current lack of parking is a hindrance to the city’s continued economic revitalization and expansion.”

She said Crayola’s $8 million investment in its “Crayola Experience” has helped swell tourism and business interest in the city. Apart from the attraction nearly doubling Crayola’s visitors to 400,000 annually, Boscola said Easton’s downtown has generated 48 new retail shops and 150 new apartments over the past two years. She called it an economic boom that the city hasn’t seen in over 50 years.

“This is fantastic news for Easton. We need more parking to meet our current demand and support continued growth in our downtown,” Mayor Panto said. “I want to thank Senator Boscola and the Governor for their continual support of our revitalization efforts in the City, grants like these are often the critical piece in making a project move forward.” Mayor Panto continued.

Boscola said the RACP program is used for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. Qualifying projects have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, help create or maintain jobs, and generate economic activity.

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