The Blueprint Communities initiative of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of Pittsburgh has awarded Tamaqua a $10,000 minigrant.

The grant will be used to help design and engineer pre-development work for the Upper Floors project in the historic downtown area.

Tamaqua will continue its work to redevelop the upper floors of its historic downtown "Main Street District." The Tamaqua Blueprint Community Team spearheaded an effort to identify and inventory potential properties for upper floor redevelopment, completing the Tamaqua Upper Floor Study in 2007.

In 2010, the Tamaqua Blueprint Team completed the Upper Floor Redevelopment Plan that identified 112 West Broad Street as a "catalyst" project to demonstrate the potential of upper floor development.

These studies are available at the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership web site,