PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s being called a potential game-changer for a local city and A major economic project for the downtown business district.

Pittston City Officials hope to be on the receiving end of millions of dollars in federal funds to help make it a reality.

Pittston is one of 16 local communities and-or organizations that are in the running for federal money from the Community Project Funding Designations.

The project would include the construction of a new performing arts center in the downtown business district. It would be located in the 100 block of South Main Street, near the intersection with Market Street.

Plans also call for 5,000 square feet of commercial and office space, new housing units, as well as space for a satellite campus for a regional college. The federal funds are part of a wish list per se submitted by Congressman Matt Cartwright who heads up the House Appropriations Committee.

“It’s really an opportunity to create affordable housing something we talk about a lot with the congressman. Talk about a lot in 2021 the idea of affordable housing is significantly different than it’s been probably over the last three decades,” said Mayor Mike Lombardo-(r) Pittston.

The overall project would cost about $4M and there are 14 other projects across Northeastern Pennsylvania that are up for some $61M of federal funding in 2023.

Congressman Cartwright tells Eyewitness News he’s optimistic these local projects will get that funding. Word could come as early as October.