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Easton eyes $500,000-plus from state for new projects

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 08:58:15 PM CST
Easton City Council meeting
EASTON, Pa. -

Easton city Council listened to a series of plans Wednesday night to pump more than a half-million dollars of state funds into projects.

The projects range from street improvement projects in the West Ward, to blight elimination work on vacant buildings in the West Ward and South Side.

Council also heard plans to obtain $300,000 from the state for a revolving loan program at the Easton Public Market.

The Easton Public Market is a food market planned at 325 Northampton St., the site of the former Weller Health Education Center in downtown Easton.

The city has already awarded about a $1 million to the project.

Jared Mast, the project manager, told council the money will be loaned to entrepreneurs at the market.

When they repay their loan, he said, the money will be recirculated to make new loans to other startups in the city. 

Another $300,000 is being sought from the state to support the Redevelopment Authority’s blight elimination program.

The authority plan is eyeing four properties for the program, two in the West Ward and two in the South Side.

The West Ward Neighborhood Partnership Program wants another $50,000 from the state for sidewalk improvements and tree wells, among other things.