Gateway grant use approved

City Council approved for the city finance director Thursday to use a $621,000 state grant to add period lights, sidewalks and pavement to a part of the East Third Street Gateway project.

The grant is for a $921,000 project on East Fourth Street between Franklin and Penn streets, said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director.

Delta Development Group secured the multi-modal transportation grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an arm of the state Department of Community and Economic Development. It is in the area where Glenn O. Hawbaker has begun the reconstruction of Basin Street, and has closed it off to traffic at East Third Street.

Councilwoman Liz Miele noted the amount of money it takes to revitalize a city block.

“It gives one a little pause,” Miele said.

The grant is from state taxpayers versus city funds, officials noted.

The council approved the city’s submission of a grant to the state Department of Environmental Protection for $300,000. The grant is related to the conversion of diesel fuel for fleets to operate on compressed natural gas, Nichols said.

The grant covers $30,000 for each of 10 new buses, Miele said.