WESTERN PA. Grant denied for study on creating a district



This doesn't mean the city will abandon efforts to create a center city district.
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The city was denied an $80,000 state grant to help finance a study aimed at creating a center city district in the area of Pa. Route 18 and U.S. Route 62.
Gay Gulla, assistant city manager, said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has denied the city's application.
The project had support at the regional level of PennDOT but was rejected in Harrisburg, he said.
That doesn't mean the city will abandon efforts to create a more recognizable center city district that attracts shoppers and businesses, he said.
Hermitage will be looking for other funds to do the study and could resubmit its application to PennDOT next year, he said.
In the meantime, the city will continue to support businesses and new development in that area, Gulla said.
The plan had been to get $80,000 from PennDOT and then come up with $20,000 in local matching funds, with at least some of that money coming from local businesses, Gulla said.
That would have been enough to conduct a planning study, and there were further discussions about having a market study done as part of the process as well, he said, noting that additional work could amount to another $25,000.
gwin@vindy.com

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