Kirkland announces $1.35 million awarded to his district

CHESTER, April 25 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced that two projects in his district have received Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $1.35 million.

“It’s always rewarding to see state dollars coming back to Delco and benefiting my district. Part of my job as your elected official is to ensure we get our fair share of funding, so I’m proud to help bring over $1 million home,” Kirkland said.

Grants were distributed as follows:

  • Bestcore Arts and Technology Innovation Inc.: $350,000 to renovate the former Felton Fire Co. building. Funding will go toward waterproofing the basement and adding a water sump pump; rewiring and stuccoing the building; installing blacktop on the back of the building; installing a heater/air conditioning unit; reinforcing the floor; building a soundproof studio; drywalling the building; securing the roof; paving the front of the building; and installing new doors.
  • Monroe Energy LLC: $1 million to go toward the replacement of Substation 6 -- a primary downstream distribution substation. The project will convert steam-driven turbines to more efficient electric turbines, replace power cables, and install new cables between Substation 6 and five secondary substations. Additional advantages of this project include enhancements to personnel safety, and reduction in the potential for facility upsets.

“Bestcore Arts and Technology Innovation and Monroe Energy are both community assets, providing steady employment opportunities and cultural enrichment to the city of Chester,” Kirkland said.

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 revenue or other measures of economic activity.

Questions on the funding may be directed to Kirkland’s office by calling 610-876-6420.