Kirkland announces state grants for local projects

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced Friday that several local projects were awarded state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants.

A $6 million grant was awarded for the Jericho 1.0 project in Chester City. The project would modernize the mill and convert co-generation of electricity from coal-based to natural gas-based.

Marcus Hook Borough was awarded $500,000 for improvements to the Delaware River Fishing Pier. The project will address structural repairs at the pier, which was labeled in serious condition because of deterioration of timber piles.

And $500,000 was awarded for the Monroe Energy West Side Project, which includes mandated improvements and infrastructure at the Monroe Refinery to enable Monroe to reduce sulfur in its refined gasoline.

“These are all valuable projects that will provide necessary work in our community,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m glad that the state was able to provide funding for these projects.”

RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.

RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.