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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Easton Gets $300,000 For Northampton St. Buildings

Freeman, flanked by Marcia Hahn and Julie Harhart
FROM STATE REP. BOB FREEMAN: – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced that the Easton Redevelopment Authority has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the state's Local Share Assessment Account program.

The grant will be used to renovate the former WEST radio and A and D Tile buildings, as well as a vacant lot on Northampton Street. The buildings will house two commercial spaces on the first floor, 23 residential units and on-premise parking.

"This grant is welcome news for the project," Freeman said. "Anytime we can redevelop our downtown areas to take advantage of existing structures without tearing down and completely rebuilding, it is a positive outcome."

Combined, the two buildings represent a half acre of land along Easton's main street.

The Local Share Assessment Account was established by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing and Gaming Development Act, and is funded by the state's gaming facilities to support community and economic projects.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority administers and finances projects included in the Local Share Assessment Account Program. The CFA also oversees the state's Building PA program, Business in Our Sites program, PennWorks, New PA Venture Capital Investment, New Pennsylvania Venture Guarantee, Tax Increment Financing Guarantee and Second Stage Loan programs. Each of these programs is aimed at using targeted state investment to attract private capital for economic development in all regions of the state and for all types of industries.

Updated 2/1/12, 11:00 PM: The pic above was taken during an unrelated County Council meeting last year. I apologize to anyone who was misled.


Anonymous said...

This is exactly why our Mayor needs to stay in Easton and not succumb to all of this talk about county executive. Of course he'd make an excellent xounty executive but he is needed in Easton. Our city is doing a great job at turning ourselves around with the help of allof these grants he has been getting from the state and federal governments. He works well with Freeman and they are doinga great job for easton.

Keep up the good work Sal and Bob, we are rebuilding Easton and the improvements show.

Anonymous said...

He won't run for County Executive he should stay as Mayor. he knows nothing of the challenges facing the county. let someone else deal with that.

Anonymous said...

Good God the pay to play crowd is still crowing about Sal Panto. You guys must be very unemployable. You all want to feed at the public trough. No more big machine pol's with their job grubbing troops in Northampton county. That means you Fleck.

Zorn said...

NJ's worse nightmare. Norco breaks off and floats over.

Anonymous said...

What does Harhart have to do with grants for Easton?

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'm sorry. The picture in question was one I took during a county council meeting, and had nothing to do with the grant. I should not have used it bc it is misleading, although it is unintentional.