Sharpsburg receives $1 million grant for Main Street work - FoxChapel

Sharpsburg receives $1 million grant for Main Street work

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 9:18 AM

A safer, more welcoming Sharpsburg Main Street is closer to reality after the borough on Nov. 12 landed a $1 million state grant.

The money will support work to update decades-old infrastructure and improve safety on the heavily used business corridor, council President Brittany Reno said.

“In terms of making our community accessible to and safe for all residents and visitors to Sharpsburg, this project will have a huge positive impact,” she said.

Work will include new sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bus shelters, along with handicapped-accessible ramps.

The focus of the project will target 6th to 13th streets.

Sharpsburg council in 2017 announced plans to transform Main Street into a pedestrian-friendly streetscape with safer sidewalks, lighting and benches.

Officials have been ticking away at the expected multi-million dollar cost of the enhancement project, having earned four major grants in recent years.

The borough last year received a $500,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It also previously earned a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Allegheny County Department of Community and Economic Development.

The most recent grant was made available through the state financing authority’s multimodal transportation fund.

Manager Bill Rossey has said that officials hope to replace street lights, plant trees, install new trash cans and scatter bike racks along the heavily traveled strip, all with the goal of making the business district more welcoming and walkable.

Mayor Matt Rudzki said he is grateful that state leaders see promise in Sharpsburg revitalization and that the grant is “another feather in our cap to attract destination businesses and make our community more accessible.”