Zelie seeks funding for revitalization
Eagle Staff Writer
By Amerigo Allegretto
January 11, 2017
ZELIENOPLE — The borough is seeking more grant funding for its revitalization project. Council voted Monday evening to apply for a $900,000 WHAT grant that will go toward Phase II of the project, the streetscape portion. This is the same grant funding source that netted about $3 million for the borough in late 2014. Money from that grant is still being used today. “We wouldn’t have started this project without it,” Don Pepe, borough manger, said of the awarded grant. “It’s critical.” The streetscape project will cost more than $2 million, Pepe said. The project aims to make improvements to Main Street. These include sidewalk enhancements, crosswalk safety improvements, pedestrian lighting, traffic signals, driveway aprons, ADA-compliant curb ramps, underground utilities and intersection upgrades. The project is expected to be completed in 2018. The borough also recently voted to apply for a $1.67 million multimodal grant from the State Department of Transportation. It also was recently awarded $1 million in funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for this part of the revitalization project.