HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today announced that two redevelopment projects in Indiana County have been awarded tax credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Neighborhood Assistance (NAP) Tax Credit Program.
The Friends of Blairsville Communities has been awarded a tax credit of $56,250 for the demolition of the G.C. Murphy building at the corner of Market and Stewart streets. After demolition, the lot will serve as a community space and park.
“As the G.C. Murphy building has fallen into disrepair in recent years, this project will eliminate a massive public safety issue, thereby increasing surrounding property values while providing an attractive community area for residents and investors,” said Struzzi. “Economic impacts of the project will follow as private investments in the neighboring areas increase.”
Additionally, the Chevy Chase Community Center in White Township has received a tax credit of $37,500 for the renovation of its facilities. These renovations include the replacement of the roof, new security doors, re-flooring, window replacement, entryway replacement, replacement of the HVAC system and sidewalk/entry replacement. The soup kitchen in this facility serves more than 10,000 meals a year to the disadvantaged population of Indiana County. The center will also offer basic education programs, food preparation, budgeting and shopping programs this year. These renovations will provide a safe, secure facility for clients, staff and visitors; a facility that is ADA accessible; and will increase the energy efficiency of the building that will significantly reduce costs of operation.
“These projects will provide tremendous community value to Indiana County, improving life for all who will use these facilities as well as those who live in the surrounding areas,” Struzzi continued. “I am proud to have directly advocated for these projects and am very excited to see the positive impact they have on Indiana County.”
The NAP offers tax credits to encourage businesses to invest in projects which will improve distressed areas of the community.
Representative Jim Struzzi
62nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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