$500K in federal earmark funds to make way to McKees Rocks


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced the passage of a federal spending bill for Fiscal Year 2022 on March 10. For the first time in more than a decade, the spending bill includes congressionally directed spending for community projects including one here in McKees Rocks.

Sen. Casey secured $81.6 million for 63 projects across the Commonwealth including $500,000 in support of the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation’s planned project to remediate and stabilize the former Bank of McKees Rocks building at 602 Chartiers Ave.

“We are very excited that Sen. Casey and his office are recognizing and validating the importance of this project, protecting the public safety of our community, assisting in blight removal, and investing in the economic renewal of our downtown,” said Jeb Feldman, MRCDC director of economic development. 

“We are very grateful for this funding to help us in the effort to remediate and stabilize this historic and iconic main street building.”

The federal earmark – a first for MRCDC – will support the approximately $2.3 million project and further the remediation and disposal of hazardous materials from the historic commercial building to allow for its reuse in the renewal of Lower Chartiers Avenue.

“Congress passed bipartisan legislation that will have far-reaching benefits across Pennsylvania. This bill invests in the economic growth of rural and urban areas, supporting vulnerable communities, small businesses and workers struggling to get back on their feet. Pennsylvania will receive tens of millions of dollars for community projects across the Commonwealth, from infrastructure improvements and conservation programs to investments in education and job training,” said Sen. Casey.

Community projects

The 63 community projects awarded statewide through the federal spending bill include community revitalization, workforce development, critical infrastructure and resilience and projects that expand health care in the Commonwealth. Descriptions can be found HERE.