Titusville Towne Square rebuild effort gets grant for $950,000

HARRISBURG — The Titusville Redevelopment Authority received approval Wednesday for a $950,000 Pennsylvania First grant to assist with the ongoing reconstruction of the Titusville Towne Square.

A fire in March 2015 destroyed several floors of the building, which housed the Blue Canoe Brewery along with several offices.

“Downtown buildings, such as the Titusville Towne Square, drive development and serve as a core location to host town residents and visitors,” said Dennis Davin, secretary for the Department of Community and Economic Development.

“We are pleased that we could play a role in the momentum to rebuild, bringing the people, jobs, and activity back downtown.”

“The fire was a devastating blow to our downtown. In a matter of a couple of hours, occupied storefronts became vacant, commercial office space on the upper floors became vacant and the community conference center was gone,” said Jim Becker, executive director of Titusville Community Development Agencies.

“We are so thankful to have partners at DCED that understood the importance of rebuilding the Towne Square facility and what it means to the core of our downtown and to our community overall,” Becker added.

Specific project activities will address the removal and replacement of all smoke and water damaged materials, repair and replace any necessary electric, heating ventilating-air conditioning and plumbing, installation of a new elevator, fire alarm system, doors and carpeting.

Work has been underway within the Blue Canoe Brewery.

Pennsylvania First is a comprehensive program that facilitates job creation and retention, infrastructure projects, and workforce development, and allows the commonwealth to compete more effectively with neighboring and competitor states.