State House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel (D-District 23) announced that nearly $600,000 in grants would help fund a gateway revitalization project and boost recreation for Pittsburgh area residents.
The grants include $75,000 to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition for improvements to “O’Connor’s Corner” on the Murray Avenue business corridor and $194,125 to The First Tee of Pittsburgh for construction work on a new clubhouse building/learning center at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course in Squirrel Hill.
Frankel said the grant for the Squirrel Hill project — approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority — will help fund a revitalization project that will add streetscape amenities, storm water enhancements, a green bus shelter and directional signage to Squirrel Hill’s “O’Connor’s Corner,” an area named as a tribute to the former Pittsburgh mayor.
The grant to First Tee of Pittsburgh will be used to ensure that the new Arnold Palmer Learning Center the organization is building meets LEED green building standards, with environmentally friendly technology that allows storm water runoff to be collected for irrigation. PJC