PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority has issued $200,000 in Blight Remediation Program grants to several projects, including one that will help produce a community’s only laundromat.
State Sen. Lindsey M. Williams announced that FCP Services (FCP is short for Faith Community Partners) in Tarentum, Pa., a town northeast of Pittsburgh, received $75,000 for an ongoing remediation project that will result in The Depot, a financially self-sustaining community resources center that will house a laundromat, Wi-Fi café, high-tech meeting room, and co-working space in a formerly blighted building.
This funding will be used for structural support in the café area, installation of a concrete slab and mechanical rough-in in the laundromat area, and façade work.
FCP Services is a nonprofit collaboration of churches, community organizations, businesses, government agencies, and individuals committed to positive social and economic change in Tarentum and nearby communities.
It describes The Depot under development at 305 E. 5th St. as “a community gathering place where individuals with spiritual, economic, housing, family and employment needs can find solutions.”
The FCP community laundromat will be the only public laundry service in Tarentum, the organization says. State-of-the-art washers and dryers in a well-maintained facility will provide a much-needed service, and volunteers will serve as staff to assist each customer. The laundromat will have easy access to the rest of the building, affording customers the opportunity to take advantage of other services while their laundry is being done.
“Our municipalities and community organizations are doing amazing work to replace blight with affordable housing and needed services,” says Sen. Williams. “Blight is one of the larger problems facing our municipalities across the state. I’m thrilled to have advocated for these projects that will make our communities safer and return delinquent properties back to the tax rolls.”