The city of Sharon has been approved for a $292,500 Keystone Communities Public Improvement grant for work to revitalize and improve its downtown business district, according to Sen. Bob Robbins and Representative Mark Longietti.
The grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development will be used for steetscape work, including the installation of 80 new lamposts and 80W LED luminaries lighting, as well as sidewalk and ADA accessibility improvements.
The $1.28 million project is also covered by an $805,000 PennDot grant and $190,000 in local funding. The goal of the revitalization effort is to create a positive atmosphere for economic growth and development in the downtown.
Fire closes mall
An electrical fire forced an evacuation of Southern Park Mall on Saturday.
Township firefighters said they received a call at 11:25 a.m. for a fire at a transformer outside the mall. Capt. Brian Barber said the mall was evacuated before Ohio Edison was called to shut off power to the complex. Barber said power to the facility had to be shut off before crews could quickly extinguish the flames.
He said power to 80 percent of the facility was cut before firefighters left the scene shortly after 1 p.m.
According to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, workers had power from Macy’s to J.C. Penney, while Dillard’s lost lighting but remained open. Sears was the only retail store to close Saturday.
No one was injured in the fire.