Briggs announces state funds for five local projects

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Tim Briggs announced Tuesday that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved state funding for five local projects, including work to build a trail in Upper Merion Township.

Upper Merion Township was awarded $421,699 in Multimodal Transportation Funds to help with the second phase of construction of a multi-use trail along First Avenue.

The project involves construction of 1,250 feet of multi-purpose asphalt trail, which will connect to another portion of the trail. The project includes installation of 54 solar-powered pedestrian lights, two pedestrian bridges over drainage culverts, ADA-compliant curb ramps and bus shelters, and more.

“This project will improve quality of life in our area, making it easier and safer to get around the township,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased that the state awarded these funds to support this great addition to our community.”

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

Local Share Account grants

The Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County was awarded Local Share Account grants for the following projects:

  • $500,000 – on behalf of Bridgeport Park Associates, for the Bridgeport Business Park Remediation Project, which includes abatement of asbestos-containing materials on the Boiler House and equipment inside, as well as disposal of waste material in the Boiler House.
  • $500,000 – on behalf of West Campus Condominium Association, to assist with a sanitary sewer project at 411 Swedeland Road, Upper Merion Township.
  • $500,000 on behalf of West Campus Condominium Association, to assist with the Boulevard Extension Project, to create a four-way intersection at Renaissance Boulevard and Swedeland Road, and associated improvements. Both West Campus Condominium Association projects are part of the WCCA’s plans to redevelop the 141-acre GlaxoSmithKline West Campus.
  • $470,911 – on behalf of Renaissance Land Associates III, for environmental remediation at the former Alan Wood Steel Co. coking facility in Upper Merion. Renaissance Land Associations III plans to redevelop the Crater Resources Superfund site into a 152,200-square-foot commercial office building.

“All of these projects are expected to create jobs in our community,” Briggs said. “It’s important that the state supports efforts to connect residents with good jobs, and I look forward to finding more ways we can help grow our economy.”

Under Act 71, the Gaming Act, these Local Share Account grants in Montgomery County were available for the redevelopment, reuse or revitalization of previously developed land, development of undeveloped land, and projects which construct, expand or improve water and wastewater infrastructure related to business development.