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Dormont announces grants totaling more than $778K for community revitalization

Dormont has received several new grants for revitalization, infrastructure improvement and pool repair projects.

The borough just south of Pittsburgh received three Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The CDBG-funded projects include: (1) Resurfacing and repainting the Dormont Horseshoe Club courts; (2) installing much-needed storm sewers; and (3) redeveloping vacant land into a "passive" pocket park.

A $19,000 CDBG will support the revamping of the historic horseshoe courts; a $117,000 CDBG will go toward installing sewers along Mattern Avenue (the Borough has also received a $138,000 grant from the Environmental Projection Agency to support the $300,000 infrastructure project, which is expected to go out to bid at the end of winter); and the third CDBG award, for $37,000, will be used to complete work on a vacant plot of land located at the corner of West Liberty and Hillsdale Avenues. That revitalization project calls for rebuilding crumbling stone walls along the site's perimeter, removing diseased and dead trees, leveling land, installing lights, and completing ongoing general maintenance and landscaping that has been started by resident-run DIG Dormont garden club in cooperation with the Dormont Borough Council.

These CDBG-funded projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Dormont also has announced that it received a $605,000 PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) grant in 2009 for continuing the next phase of restoration, repair and renovation work to its historic community pool. The pool will be resurfaced and repainted in time for the 2010 swimming season, and the facility will be equipped with a new outdoor stereo/public address system to complement its new Wi-Fi accessibility. Nonproft group Friends of the Dormont Pool has helped secure grassroots support as well as state funding to preserve and maintain the circa-1920s pool.

John Maggio, of Dormont Borough Council, says Borough Manager Gino Rizza has been instrumental in attaining these grants that prioritize stewardship of the community's grounds, streets and amenities. "Gino has been with us for about a year now. We're lucky to have him here. He really cares about the community," says Maggio.

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Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: John Maggio, Dormont Borough Council

Image courtesy of DIG Dormont

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