Lower Turkeyfoot Township receives $50K loan to build garage

November 29, 2018

Lower Turkeyfoot Township has been awarded a $50,000 federal loan to construct an equipment maintenance facility and garage.

The current building is no longer up to code and is unsafe, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department said the project will benefit 672 township residents.

The USDA awarded $291 million to 41 projects nationwide through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. This program “provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas,” according to its website. Examples of “essential community facilities” include hospitals, town halls, street improvements, community centers, fairgrounds and fire departments.

In Westmoreland County, the Westmoreland Homestead Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $1.08 million loan to help construct a fire station in Mount Pleasant Township. The existing station is more than 80 years old.

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