Speaker of the House Keith McCall (D-122) and Senators David Argall (R-29) and Raphael Musto (D-14) today announced $1.69 million in state grants for several Carbon County projects.

Funding for projects include:

$905,855 – Construction of a new firehouse in Palmerton Borough

$599,543 – Phase 2 of the Packerton Business Park. Redevelopment of this Brownfield site is projected to create 591 full-time jobs and generate at least $12.4 million in annual state and local tax revenues upon the completion of the park.

$76,650 – Removal and Construction of the Court Street retaining wall in Franklin Township

$108,450 – Enhancements to Stoney Ridge Park and Recreational Center to include construction of baseball fields, basketball courts, as well as storm-water improvements and landscaping.

The park serves residents of Lower Towamensing and Towamensing Townships, as well as Bowmanstown and Palmerton Boroughs

"These projects are outstanding examples of how the commonwealth helps us invest in ourselves and a brighter future," said Speaker McCall. "From helping our volunteer firefighters protect our communities to building a 21st century economy with a state-of-the-art business climate, these grants get the job done. I was proud to stand with Sen. Argall and Sen. Musto to advocate for these funds, and I know they'll go a long way to help make Carbon County even better."

"The overall goal of these projects is to improve emergency operations, rebuild our local infrastructure, and bring additional private sector jobs to the communities we represent," said Argall. "Speaker McCall, Sen. Musto and I worked together to help local communities apply for these very competitive grant programs. I applaud all of the recipients of this funding for their successful applications."

"Speaker McCall, Sen. Argall and I have all worked for years on developing programs that encourage the redevelopment and use of Brownfield sites," said Musto. I am excited to see this funding become available for the Packerton Business Park."

The state's Commonwealth Financing Agency has administered the grant funds for these projects.