Federal funding breathes new life into dilapidated property in Hazleton

HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Federal funding breathes new life into a once dilapidated property in Luzerne County.

Thousands of dollars will support the fourth and final phase of Hazleton’s “Launchbox” renovation.

Downtown Hazleton is booming and Senator Bob Casey has announced that Congress will send $200,000 directly to a community project on West Broad Street, Hazleton Launchbox.

“In this case, that $200,000 will help renovate the second floor and it’s nice to be able to see what the second can become based on what we see here on the first floor,” said Senator Bob Casey, ( d) Pennsylvania.

Hazleton Launchbox opened last fall. It offers space for educational programs, meetings and a shared workspace with access to wifi, printing and copying. The property is located in the same building as the new Downtown Hazleton Welcome Center, where Senator Casey toured the property alongside town leaders.

“We’re going to move forward and create more jobs and projects,” Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat said.

“We appreciate another resource to continue our work for the long-term success and sustainability of Downtown Hazleton,” said Neil DeAngelo III, Chairman of the Board of Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress.

The seed money will kick off Hazleton Launchbox’s second floor renovations. The Business Development Department offers free services and resources in English and Spanish.

The extra space will allow entrepreneurs in the community to collaborate and create new inventions and ideas. Create new opportunities and growth for the community.

“Obviously it will have an impact over time, this room, this building, the efforts undertaken here will impact small businesses and future economic growth here in Hazleton,” Senator Casey said.

The city’s goal is to have the space renovated by the end of 2023.

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