FARRELL, Pa. (WKBN) – Mixing the old with the new is the goal for city officials in Farrell.
Federal funds have been awarded to the city to fund a façade improvement project in the Elm Street neighborhood on the city’s southwest side.
Farrell Community Planner Adrienne Gordon said the city has seen a lot of development, but older properties next to the new structures did not have access, until now, to funds to help with their deteriorated appearance.
The Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the city a $50,000 Keystone Communities grant to support the improvements.
“The City of Farrell is making positive steps towards improving their community through this Keystone Communities funding,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. “These property enhancements will help the City of Farrell attract new investments and improve the quality of life for all city residents.”
Farrell has partnered with the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County for the project.
“This award will help homeowners who have resided in the city for many years to get a new consistent neighborhood feel,” said Gordon. “ Since we signed the contract, there have already been over 60 applicants and we expect our award to be used quickly and look forward to continuing to assist other homes with the award of additional façade grant requests.”
In addition to the public improvement and streetscape façade improvements, the City of Farrell will also offer funds to homeowners in the Elm Street neighborhood for small home repair projects providing homeowners with the opportunity to bring their homes up to code as well as improve the façade of their home.
The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist commonwealth communities in achieving redevelopment.