Sims announces grant to restore Schuylkill River sinkholes

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced that Schuylkill River Development Corporation will receive a $75,000 grant for the restoration of the East side of the Schuylkill River.

“The sinkholes along this stretch of the river are a safety risk,” Sims said. “I’m glad that this area will be restored using these funds, so that residents can safely enjoy this beautiful landscape.”

The grant will help SRDC restore the landscaping where sinkholes have appeared under the greenway. Weak areas in the bulkhead will be repaired, so that tidal water can no longer erode the soil.

The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority at its board meeting today, for restorations along the area along the Schuylkill River between Callowhill and Locust Streets in Philadelphia. The total project cost is $600,000.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities.