NANTICOKE — The ongoing revitalization of Nanticoke’s downtown received good news Friday in the form of a $1 million grant.
State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, and state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, announced the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program grant will help pay for the estimated $21 million Nantego Development Project.
The project will create approximately 40 affordable senior housing units that will include 36 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units. Retail spaces are planned below the housing units.
Yudichak and Mullery said the Nantego undertaking is part of a host of projects that are focused on revitalizing Nanticoke’s downtown.
“Gov. Wolf’s strategic support of Nanticoke, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will enable the Nantego Development Project to bring new housing and retail opportunities to downtown Nanticoke, continuing the city’s revitalization and spurring additional economic development throughout the South Valley,” Yudichak said.
Mullery added: “There’s no doubt that downtown Nanticoke needs to be revitalized and this funding is a big step in the right direction. Today’s grant announcement can attract further public and private investment, which will help to complete the project, bringing jobs and businesses back to the downtown.”
The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program provides funding for economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.
“Providing homes for our seniors to live comfortably in their communities is vitally important to their quality of life and I’m pleased this grant will help in such a significant way,” Gov. Wolf said in a press release. “Removing blighted buildings and replacing them with affordable housing is a win for residents and a boost to economic development in the region.”
About the project
New Horizons Development Corporation was approved for the $1 million grant to revitalize a portion of East Main Street.
Blighted buildings will be demolished and reconstructed into 40 affordable housing units for seniors at or below 60 percent of area median income.
In addition to the housing, the building will house a LIFE program on the ground floor in partnership with LIFE Geisinger to provide eligible older adults with the support they may need to continue living independently. A parking structure will also be built into the building that will serve as parking for the housing as well as the business district of Nanticoke.
“With a growing aging population, this collaborative revitalization investment demonstrates a shared desire to create an age-friendly future for all our residents,” said Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne.
Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller echoed that sentiment.
“Older Pennsylvanians deserve the opportunity to age safely in place and live in their community and near their family and friends,” Miller said. “This development will make that possible for more Pennsylvanians.”
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