Roebuck works with Wolf to secure $2.75 million for three local projects

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 22 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for agreeing to Roebuck's requests to release a total of $2.75 million in state funding for three local projects.

"Governor Wolf is a true partner who understands the needs of Philadelphians, and I was pleased to advocate for these important projects that will benefit our communities," said Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee.

The three grants are:

  • $1.25 million for the Community College of Philadelphia to help it substantially increase the capacity of its automotive technology program in west Philadelphia to train more students for well-paying jobs in that field. The project also will allow an increased emphasis on the latest alternative fuels technology and a greater ability to provide a qualified technician workforce for large regional fleets. Construction is expected to begin in January 2018 and be completed in spring 2019.
  • $1 million for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House's Chestnut Street expansion project: "Many of the families who stay there are financially devastated by their child's illness and treatment, and would have nowhere else to go without the lodging and supportive services of this organization. However, because of increasing demand, they can accommodate only a fraction of the families who need to stay with them, and last year turned away 1,665 Pennsylvania family requests," Roebuck said.

"The expansion project includes more than doubling the facility's size from 45 to 111 bedrooms and will also benefit the surrounding community, creating both construction and long-term jobs and contributing to the ongoing revitalization efforts in the area."

  • $500,000 for the Mercy Catholic Medical Center emergency department. Roebuck said the Mercy Ambulatory Clinic plans to renovate existing space to expand the Mercy Philadelphia hospital emergency department. The department plans to expand by 10,000 square feet from 14 to 29 bays by building a second pod of 15 bays -- including two isolation bays -- while retaining the five fast track bays.