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Over $9.2 Million Awarded in Funding for Lehigh Valley Redevelopment Projects

grantsYesterday, I proudly announced $9,250,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding to six redevelopment projects in the 18th Senatorial District. These state funds will be used to assist in the redevelopment of five important economic development projects in the cities of Bethlehem and Easton along with assisting in the construction of a new public safety complex in Whitehall.  By investing in these projects, the Commonwealth is providing important capital to make not only make these projects economically viable, but also create additional economic development projects that will not only create jobs, but also positively impact businesses located in our urban areas.

The projects being awarded RACP funding are:

  • Commodore -Optima Durant ($3,000,000): The redevelopment of 100-116 Northampton Street in the City of Easton, which is a blighted property that serves as the gateway to Pennsylvania, into commercial, residential and a 6,000 sq. foot restaurant on the roof;
  • Whitehall Township Police and Municipal Services Complex ($1,000,000): Whitehall will be constructing a new 29,000 square foot police station and sally port adjacent to the existing municipal complex and renovating approximately 9,000 square feet of the existing complex;
  • Boyd Theater Redevelopment ($750,000): A mixed use redevelopment of the former movie theater into ground floor retail and 120 one and two bedroom apartments in Bethlehem’s central business district;
  • Heritage Lanes Building (Easton) ($750,000): Heritage Riverview, LLC, will be redeveloping the vacant Heritage Lanes building into a multi-use structure that will allow for additional levels of the building. Hearst Corporation has already been announced as a primary tenant and will occupy the entire first floor;
  • Readington Farms (Palmer Township) ($2,500,000):  The Readington Farms project in Palmer Township includes the construction of a 350,000-square-foot dairy processing and distribution facility on a 35-acre parcel;
  • Riverport Market – Bethlehem ($750,000): Project will demolish the former Starters Riverport and convert it to an urban market, which will be home to 30 vendors and businesses. This $3 million project will build upon the successes of other urban markets throughout the Commonwealth; and,
  • ArtsQuest Community Cultural Center ($500,000): Projects consists of the construction of a new 80,000 square foot arts and cultural center at the site of the current Banana Factory Arts Center in Bethlehem.

“I am pleased to have worked with Governor Wolf on these joint priorities to make this funding a reality,” Boscola stated.  “We both recognize the importance of redeveloping sites such as this in our urban cores to make neighborhoods vibrant once again.”

The RACP (Redevelopment Assistance Capital 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.             

Boscola Named to the Joint Property Tax Working Group

Senator Lisa BoscolaAt the suggestion of all four caucus leaders, a Property Tax Working Group has been organized to meet several times over the next two months with one goal in mind – to enact a school property tax elimination or reduction plan that maximizes the positive impact on as many Pennsylvanians as possible.  I am very proud & honored to have been asked to sit on this board to review and rank every House & Senate bill that has been introduced on this subject in the past several sessions. The end result is quite simple but difficult as any that has been attempted in the capitol in the past 50 years – a bill which can receive majority vote in the House & Senate and be signed by the Governor before December 31, 2019. 

School property tax elimination plan to be drafted by handpicked group of Pennsylvania lawmakers

By Ford Turner| Morning Call | August 1, 2019

Flying ice from the top of a tractor trailer on Interstate 80 crashed into a passing car’s windshield, injuring the passenger, Pennsylvania State Police said. Troopers with the Stroudsburg barracks said Rose Kent, 62, was driving a Toyota Camry with Thomas Kent, 65, in the passenger seat at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, in the Smithfield Township section of I-80 East in Monroe County.

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MusikFest 2019 Begins Today!

36th Annual Musikfest2019 marks the 36th Annual Musikfest – can you believe it?!?! Are you ready for 10 days of music, food, friends, fun and some ALL NEW AWESOMENESS??

Make sure to download the Musikfest2019 app for all the up-to-date information on promotions, new food vendors, concerts at the Wind Creek Stage, all-new Musikfest merch, and other performers!  In addition to all the above, this app also features brand new Spotify playlists & new Musikfest stickers!

Make you way to beautiful Bethlehem – and I hope to see you at the ‘Fest!

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