WILKES-BARRE, Aug. 2 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of three Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $3.5 million toward projects that will enhance Luzerne County’s economy, boost tourism and preserve historic structures. “Each of these projects will improve Luzerne County’s quality of life by, preserving and rehabilitating a historic landmark, creating new opportunities to live and stay in the city, and assisting a major employer locally,” Pashinski said. “These are exactly the types of efforts the RACP was created to support and I look forward to seeing the impact of these grants for years to come.” These organizations in the 121st Legislative District were awarded funding in the following amounts for the listed purposes: Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund – $2 million toward the Gateway Center (Wilkes-Barre) project , a mixed-use urban development, comprising: a four-story building containing an 83-key select-service hotel, and an 8-story mid-rise building with 33 market-rate residences above the hotel's conference/banquet facility. Irem Temple Restoration Project Inc. – $1 million toward the Irem Temple Restoration Project, Phases One & Two . These phases will include site security that will secure all doors and windows and install security and fire alarm systems; masonry repairs that will remove plant growth and repaint the building; roof Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – As part of the ongoing efforts to revitalize the Philadelphia Uptown Theater , state Rep. Danilo Burgos today announced $750,000 in state funding to help cover upcoming construction costs. “The Uptown Theater is a community landmark that dates back decades, and this money is critical in keeping its history alive,” explained Burgos, D-Phila. “Redeveloping the building will help improve our neighborhood’s landscape, attract visitors, create good paying jobs, provide a safe environment for families, and ultimately strengthen our local economy.” The grant was made possible by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and will go towards phase three of renovations, which includes: Demolition of the basement to the sixth floor Updates to the theater’s roof, lobby, and security system New windows, doors, and lights Restoring the subway entrance The total cost for the project is $10 million and is expected to be completed by 2021. Burgos said he’s committed to working with the nonprofit organization Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, which has played a vital part in preserving the North Philadelphia staple. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Read more
ERIE, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, hosted a street dedication ceremony today in Erie to honor the late 2 nd District representative Florindo “Flo” Fabrizio. During the event, Poplar Street between West 26 th and West 29 th streets was renamed “Rep. Florindo ‘Flo’ Fabrizio Way.” “Today was an emotional day for many of us,” Merski said. “Flo embodied the best in a leader: humility, courtesy, intelligence and an ever-present desire to do everything in his power to help the people he represented. It’s no surprise he was so popular. A street bearing his name is the perfect reminder of how hard he worked to fulfill his civic duties for the people of Erie. “Following Flo here in the 2 nd Legislative District is no small task. I have big shoes to fill, but fortunately I also have the legacy of a great leader to inspire me.” State Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, added, “We were grateful to then-Councilman Merski for taking the lead in having Poplar Street named in remembrance of “Uncle Flo.” It’s a daily reminder that his spirit lives on in our community.” The ceremony featured remarks by Merski, Erie Mayor Joseph Schember, and Fabrizio’s stepson, Matthew Sanfilippo; the dedication by Fabrizio’s wife, Vicki; and presentation of the sign by Merski. Read more
The project in Upper Lawrence was approved for a $500,000 state funding grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – King of Prussia Business Improvement District Inc. and Rosemont College were awarded state grants for development projects, announced state Rep. Tim Briggs. The money comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget and funds economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects across Pennsylvania. King of Prussia Business Improvement District Inc. received $1 million to help build a linear park in two phases along First Avenue in Upper Merion Township. The First Avenue linear park, as part of Moore Park KOP, formerly known as the King of Prussia business park, is part of an overall “complete streets” vision for First Avenue that will create an active and vibrant amenity open to the public, utilizing access easements on private property. Improvements along the trail include pedestrian lights, a seating plaza, benches, rain gardens, trees and bus shelters. The second phase will use RACP funds to extend the trail. Site improvements also include 79 solar powered pedestrian lights, benches, two pedestrian bridges, 16 ADA curb ramps, retaining walls, planting beds, trees, and three solar-powered bus shelters. Rosemont College received $1.5 million to expand its Cardinal Hall, creating a community center to serve students and members of the local community. The college's current Cardinal Hall will be "encased" with a new Read more
DOYLESTOWN − August 1, 2019 − State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Wendy Ullman (D143) announced the award of a $500,000 state grant to the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County (PABC) through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. The funding from this RACP grant will be used to build new instructional labs, as well as meeting and teaching spaces. It will bring the current facility up-to-date with much needed infrastructure improvements and keep the PABC a modern and competitive high-tech business incubator that attracts the brightest minds developing the most innovative technologies. “This additional investment will ensure the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center remains at the forefront of scientific innovation and discovery,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “In terms of job creation and economic development, the regional impact of the PABC cannot be overstated. The new offices and equipment being provided by this generous grant will significantly bolster the groundbreaking work being done in the field of biotechnology right here in Bucks County.” “I want to thank Governor Wolf releasing these funds to this project,” Rep. Wendy Ullman said. “It’s critical that our state Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 –State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced just over $5.7 million in state funding is being invested in her district for five economic development projects. The state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program awarded funding for the following: $1 million to the Philadelphia Bar Association for the Equal Justice Center, an energy-efficient 160,000-square-foot office building that will contain 14 legal services organizations providing nonprofit legal services to low-income residents. Housing these organizations in one place will also reduce rent and additional operating costs. $702,000 to WHYY Inc. for the finishing stages of the HVAC replacement LED work light installation, a studio LED wall replacement, and window treatment. $1.5 million to the Pennsylvania Ballet Association for a 15,000-square-foot dance facility that will include 50,000 square feet of studios, offices and support spaces; and renovations to the current building. $1.5 million to Yards Brewing Co. for renovations to the 70,000 square-foot space to accommodate the brewery’s production and entertainment spaces, the purchase and installation of brewing equipment and improvements to the facility’s foundation. $1 million to the Parents United for Better Schools Inc. for Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia to construct a two-story gymnasium that will include a basketball court, overlapping cross-courts and proposed Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced three projects in Philadelphia have been awarded $5.5 million in funding. “It is awesome to see projects in my district awarded these state funds,” Donatucci said. “These dollars will go far to improve life for so many in our community.” Grants from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program were awarded to the following projects in the 185 th District: WURD Radio LLC awarded $500,000 . The scope of work entails the Tenant Improvements/Fit-out of the WURD Radio Station and office space consisting of 6,000 square feet at Project Site 1 (36th & Haverford). In addition, capital improvement to WURD Radio's infrastructure through the repairing of two AM tower antennas located at Project Site 2 (6501 Essington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153). Passyunk Energy Center LLC awarded $2 million . The Passyunk Energy Center plans to invest approximately 5.2 megawatts of solar photovoltaic equipment at the Passyunk site. This would be the largest single solar installation within the city and a commitment to zero emission energy throughout the Commonwealth. This solar production will generate enough electricity to operate all the equipment at the Passyunk Energy Center, as well as all the Philadelphia Gas Works electricity needs for the Passyunk site. With associated equipment, this production will support a microgrid, enabling the site to Read more
One of the projects funded will allow ACTION Housing to move forward with the redevelopment of the old Squirrel Hill Theater, which has been vacant since 2010. Read more
"These projects not only serve to improve downtown Conshohocken by bringing new restaurants, stores, a hotel and more than 1,500 new parking spaces, they keep jobs and economic stability in our community." Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – The city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Musical Theater on Thursday received a combined total of $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding, announced state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny. “This is significant funding for two significant projects in the 27 th Legislative District,” Deasy said. “RACP funding allows for the construction and improvement of new and existing facilities, so I’m excited to see the benefits of this funding in the near future.” The city of Pittsburgh was awarded $500,000 to be used for the ongoing redevelopment of the former Stevens Elementary School. The facility will now be the Special Deployment Headquarters, Deasy said, which will establish valuable community policing elements in Pittsburgh’s West End. Most of the RACP funding will be used for construction, elevator installation, lighting and technological infrastructure. The Pittsburgh Musical Theater will use its $1 million in funding to renovate the theater’s South Main Street property. Deasy said the project will have four phases, which include constructing a new entrance and theater lobby, a backstage area and shop space on the first floor, interior renovations to all 10 studios/classrooms, new landscaping and lighting, and more. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, Read more
UPPER DUBLIN, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that Upper Dublin Township will receive $1 million in state funding to go toward the community’s new library project. The funds will be coming from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is a highly competitive grant. This is the second award that Upper Dublin Township has received to support the transformation of the 520 Virginia Drive property into a public library. With the addition of these funds, the new library project has been awarded a total of $1.75 million in state grants. In September 2018, the project was awarded a $750,000 Keystone grant. “I am very excited to see this funding come through to aid in the creation of this magnificent new space being created for the Upper Dublin community,” Sanchez said. “This impressive library will be a valued destination for years to come thanks to the hard work of everyone involved and a welcome addition to an already stellar community.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger today announced two $500,000 state grants for development projects in Aston and Nether Providence townships. The money comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget and funds economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects across Pennsylvania. Aston Township will use the money to build a new much-needed public works facility in the municipality. Little demolition is required to prepare the site for construction, but completion of the project will include general site clearing, grading, and development of appropriate stormwater provisions, including the construction of an underground basin and a 300-square-foot retaining wall. The new 19,587-square-foot public works facility will include an administrative office, a truck shop, an equipment storage building, and a new salt barn to better meet the municipality's needs. “The new facility will greatly improve trash collection, recycling, parks services, storm sewers and road maintenance, leaf collection, and snow removal – often overlooked services, but vital for Aston residents,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “The award will help offset local taxes, which is goal of mine and the administration.” The other award was granted for Nether Providence Township’s Summit Site redevelopment. The township is expected to Read more
The $1.5 million grant is expected to fund repairs to terra-cotta units and the replacement of cracked marble panels. The building’s current roof, which has deteriorated, will be replaced to prevent water from entering the building. Read more
ERIE, Aug. 1 – State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today that $10.5 million in grants have been awarded under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to fund projects around the region. The legislators noted that the grants will provide benefits for generations to come. “I’ve always been a proponent of regional representation and understand the value of community assets that go beyond legislative district boundaries,” Bizzarro said. “I am proud to have worked diligently with my colleagues, House leadership, administrative leadership and community innovators to secure this funding for our community. “These grant benefits will extend far beyond the individual campus, facility or neighborhood project receiving the investment – they will enhance learning, living, shopping and economic opportunities for residents and generations to come in each of our legislative districts.” “These grants are incredible news for Erie,” Harkins said. “I’m especially pleased that we were successful in our efforts to help secure $2 million in funding for the project to expand Saint Vincent. My wife and I – and all three of our children – were born there, and we have many friends who work there. It is truly a regional investment.” Merski agreed, saying, “These state investments in the city of Erie are critical to accelerating our transformation. From Read more
AMBRIDGE, Aug. 1 – A $500,000 matching grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will help a major area employer expand its operations in Ambridge, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The grant for Beemac Trucking LLC, will help fund the company’s two-phase project to construct a 15,000-square-foot, full-service maintenance and repair facility and a 14,400-square-foot office headquarters building in Ambridge. “The funding announced today is a shot in the arm for a company that has consistently invested in our community both as a solid employer and as a good corporate citizen.” Matzie said. “Beemac has been a driving economic force in our region for more than three decades, and an investment that allows the company to spread its wings will only provide additional job and economic opportunities. “The property they purchased had been marketed for some time, so their decision to move forward on a brownfield site that has sat idle for many years for a multi-use facility to provide good family sustaining jobs is a win-win.” Matzie noted that the maintenance and repair facility – which will include eight drive-through maintenance bays and numerous offices for professional maintenance staff – will become the corporate maintenance facility for Beemac, while the two-level office building will allow for consolidation of rented offices and provide substantial cost savings and Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – A real estate developer in Monroeville was awarded $1 million Thursday in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Markosek said Jamison Lane LP will use the allotted funding for phase two of an expansion project that will consist of constructing an extension onto an existing office building. “To announce such a significant grant like this is not only exciting for Jamison Lane LP but also the district as a whole,” Markosek said. “These grants help entities expand and refurbish their current facilities, so I’m happy to see state funding go toward initiatives that will help businesses located in our district with their continued growth.” The funding will assist Jamison Lane LP in constructing a new addition onto its existing facility, Markosek said. The three-story addition will include exterior masonry and glass and metal construction. The interior will be an open office space with a variety of conference rooms and include demountable partitions that will allow for open collaboration between coworkers. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program 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 Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – A family care facility in Emsworth on Thursday was awarded $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding, announced state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny. The Holy Family Institute, which provides help and support to children and families in western Pennsylvania, will use the funding for a three-pronged improvement project to its facility. “The Holy Family Institute provides one-of-a-kind services to those who need it most,” Kulik said. “Due to their unwavering commitment to western Pennsylvania families, I’m elated to announce funding that will assist the institute in upgrading and improving its facility.” The project, Kulik said, will consist of three components. First, the funding will go toward replacing the roof of the administration building, which has significant defects and inadequate drainage. The second phase of the project will consist of improving 11 classrooms, cafeteria and kitchen space, administrative offices, the multipurpose room and other programmatic spaces. Lastly, the funding will go toward improvements to the facility’s annex, which includes office space for outpatient programs and training spaces for staff. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program 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 Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – An allotted $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding was awarded Thursday to two entities in the 35 th Legislative District, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The funding, awarded to the Carnegie Library of Homestead and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, will be used for on-site renovations at both locations. “It’s with great pride I announce this substantial funding to these community assets in our district,” Davis said. “Both the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and the Carnegie Library of Homestead provide key services to our residents, so it’s encouraging to see the state giving back to two community assets that go above and beyond to provide services to our neighbors.” The Carnegie Library of Homestead, located in Munhall, was awarded $500,000 for upgrades to its swimming pool, locker rooms and other pool-related support spaces. Specifically, the existing men’s and women’s locker rooms and group shower rooms will be demolished, and the pool deck will be expanded to provide pool equipment storage and the relocation of the pool pump system. In addition, each locker room will have new lockers, individual showers, changing stalls, and updated restroom facilities. Two new family-style showers and restrooms will be constructed; a new entrance to the pool will be put in place; a meeting space and classroom will be built; and new floors, lighting, HVAC, a fire Read more
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