Notice of Public Hearing – CARES Act Funding Modification

Notice is hereby given that the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on May 17, 2021 at 4 P.M. The Hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting please go to the following link:

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Meeting ID: 829 1895 7216

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If you require special accommodations, please notify Joseph Chacke, Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston, at least 72 hours in advance at 570-654-4601 or  or  TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center.

The hearing for the CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CV-CDBG) Program will provide an opportunity to citizens to comment on the proposed modification to the CDBG CV activities. The Coronavirus Aid, relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provides additional CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. With the availability of food donations from multiple sources and an immediate need for food storage, the City will use the CDBG-CV funds ($20,000) previously allocated for a food donation to Meals on Wheels, and some funding from Foreclosure Prevention ($3,532) to provide funding for a walk-in freezer with installation costs so that Meals on Wheels can safely store food supplies to respond to the pandemic. The modified funding now includes $23,532 to Meals on Wheels instead of the previous $20,000. A copy of the modification is available for public review and comment from May 10, 2021 through May 18, 2021 on the City’s website:

Written comments on the proposed modification of the use of CDBG-CV funds will be accepted by the Pittston Redevelopment Authority until 4 p.m. on May 18, 2021 and may be addressed to: Redevelopment Authority at the above address or email  City Council will consider approval of the application at the regular Council meeting on May 19, 2021.

All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and give oral testimony at the public hearing or present written comments or to send written comments to the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, Attention Joseph Chacke at 35 Broad St. Pittston PA or

By order of the
City of Pittston

Michael Lombardo

Notice of Public Hearing for the FY2021 CDBG PROGRAM and CDBG-CV FUNDING

Notice is hereby given by that City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on May 5, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. The hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting please go to the following link:

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If you require special accommodations, please notify Joseph Chacke, Director of the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, at least 72 hours in advance to 570-654-4601 or or TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center.

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in general, the needs of the community that can be met with CDBG funding, and performance under the previously funded CDBG program years and the Three-Year Community Development Plan. The hearing will also discuss the use of the CDBG CV funds allocated to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

The City of Pittston expects to receive an allocation of approximately $304,500 in FY 2021 CDBG funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  At least 70% of the funds must be used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons.  The proposed activities must benefit at least 51% low-moderate income persons in the service area to qualify as an eligible project.  The application submission deadline to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has not yet been announced but we assume it will be early November 2021.

The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG Program:  water and sewer line replacement and improvements; housing rehabilitation; construction or improvements to community facilities such as community centers, roads, sidewalks and recreational facilities; public services; removal of architectural barriers; code enforcement; economic development; acquisition of property in support of other activities; demolition; and general administration.

If activities undertaken with grant funds would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City’s Anti-Displacement and Relocation Policy, would be in effect.  The City would be responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of the use of CDBG funds.

In addition, the City may also receive additional allocation(s) of CDBG-CV funding authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) of 2020. The City of Pittston will discuss unmet needs in the City and potential uses of CDBG-CV funding to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus. CDBG Program regulations apply.

All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and give oral testimony at the Public hearing or present written comments concerning the needs of the community, proposed CDBG activities, CDBG-CV Program, the prior use of funds, as well as the CDBG program in general.  Comments may be submitted by September 30, 2021 to the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, Attention Joseph Chacke at 35 Broad St. Pittston PA or

By order of the City of Pittston

Michael Lombardo

City Begins Panama Street Infrastructure Project

A city contractor (RLE Enterprises)  has begun work on a large infrastructure project on Panama Street.  This project consists of the replacement of a more than 150 year old underground stone sewer culvert.   This old culvert is in poor condition and has been failing for a number of years.  The nearly one million dollar project will include replacement of the stone culvert with modern plastic sewer pipe; installation of new modern manholes and street drains, new curbing and sidewalks; and repaving of the roadway.  There will also be an upgrade of the water main on part of the street by the PA American Water Company.  Also included in the project is installation of street drains and repaving of Quinnan’s Alley, a small roadway connecting Parsonage Street and upper Panama Street.

Work on Panama Street began in December 2020 and is expected to continue until September 2021.  Residents and motorists should use caution when traveling on Panama Street when the contractor is working and should be cautious of areas of disrupted pavement until the work is completed. There will also be periodic parking and traffic flow restrictions.  Please follow all posted signage in this regard.

This project is being funded from a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant awarded to the city in a competitive application processs; Federal Community Development Block Grant Funds administered by the City of Pittston Redevelopment Authority; and by the City of Pittston Sewer Maintenance Fund which is funded through the city’s annual sewer maintenance fee.   The project is being administered by the City of Pittston Department of Administration; the Pittston City Department of Streets and Sanitation and the Pittston City Engineer, Reilly Associates.   Please direct any questions to Pittston City Hall.

City of Pittston Mortgage Assistance Program -To Aid in Foreclosure Prevention

The purpose of the City of Pittston Mortgage Assistance Program is to assist low to moderate income households experiencing difficulty making mortgage payments due to impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Pittston received Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-CV) funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Assistance will be granted based on the program guidelines, eligibility, and on a first-come, first-qualified, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Please click here to see program guidelines and submit the pre-application today

City of Pittston Fair Housing Essay Contest


In order to raise awareness about the importance of Fair Housing, the City of Pittston will be holding a Fair Housing Essay Contest for students ages 12-16 in the Pittston Area.  Students are asked to write a 2-3 page essay in 12 point font, double-spaced on the following topic:


The Fair Housing Act (FHA), passed by Congress in April 1968, guarantees everyone the right to rent or buy housing on a fair and equal basis.

What would it be like to live in a diverse community? How does the Fair Housing Act help create diverse communities? How would it feel to be part of a community that celebrates the differences of its members?

Submissions are due by Monday October 19th, 2020.  Submissions may be mailed or emailed to: Mary Kuna, City of Pittston, 35 Broad St. Suite 202, Pittston, PA 18640 or

Prizes include $75 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd, as well as, publication on the City of Pittston’s website and an award certificate.

Governor Wolf announces funding to revitalize Pittston waterfront

Governor Tom Wolf announced last week new funding to revitalize the Pittston waterfront by converting an underused warehouse into a mixed-use facility with apartments, offices, retail space, and a business incubator.

“This comprehensive redevelopment project will be a noticeable update to a section of downtown Pittston that has a lot of potential, but not expansive use,” Wolf said. “By renovating the structure and surrounding area, we will be creating jobs, expanding offerings for businesses, college students and residents, while opening up opportunities for more economic development.”

Waterfront Management Group, LLC was approved for a $2 million grant to rehabilitate a 101,997-square-foot warehouse at the corner of East Street and Kennedy Boulevard. The completed project is expected to have 27 apartments, a food court supporting the students of the recently opened nearby Luzerne County Community College’s Pittston center, 28,296 square feet of office space, and a business incubator with space for 36 units. The warehouse is only partially occupied, and the 13 existing jobs will be retained while approximately 60 new jobs are created through the new uses.

“I’m extremely proud of the wide array of community enhancements in the City of Pittston and this significant investment of state funds will advance an integral commercial and residential project along the Susquehanna River waterfront,” said Representative Mike Carroll, D-Avoca. “I am grateful to Governor Wolf for his unyielding support of our community.”

The project is expected to bring economic growth through enhanced property values, a stronger local tax base, and increased commercial and residential development. The renovation will also beautify the waterfront through exterior renovations and new landscaping.

“(This) announcement of RACP funding for the Waterfront Warehouse Conversion project in Pittston is yet another positive step towards the City’s revitalization,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “The repurposing of this former warehouse facility into a state-of-the-art multi-use asset along the Susquehanna River will create the opportunity for continued economic growth in Pittston and our core cities in Luzerne County.”

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.


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