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Easton gets $1.5 million to redevelop old mill

Federal grant announced by U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright

EASTON, Pa. - Easton is getting a $1.5 million federal grant for redevelopment of the Simon Mills Complex.

Converting the remediated brownfield  into a modern commercial site is the largest economic development project in the city.

The grant award from the U.S. Department of Commerce was announced Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright. The money will be distributed by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

"This grant provides an opportunity to put people back to work while improving Easton's infrastructure," said Cartwright in a news release. "These funds will serve as a catalyst for the development of a creative economy. I am pleased that the EDA chose to invest in the City of Easton."

The EDA anticipates the creation of 50 to 80 new jobs as a result of the award.

"I appreciate Congressman Cartwright's involvement in securing this grant, which will help with the $70 million project to redevelop the Simon Silk Mill Complex," said Easton Mayor Sal Panto "This project will help create job opportunities for our citizens in our West Ward neighborhood."

The EDA investment will support the construction of public infrastructure necessary for the redevelopment of the Simon Silk Mill Complex: roads, parking, water, sewer, and storm water improvements.

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