Bullock announces $7.5 million in grant money for the 195th District

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 State grants totaling more than $7.5 million will fund local projects in the 195th Legislative District, according to state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila.

“These projects are vital to the community, vital to these organizations, and securing funding for them is an important part of my job – bringing state dollars back home,” Bullock said.

The funding is provided from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, or RACP, and 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.

 The following projects have been awarded:

  • $1 million for the 33rd and Oxford Homeownership Program to build 11 green affordable units on vacant lots in Strawberry Mansion and for streetscape improvements like tree planting, light installation and sidewalk repair.

  • $340,000 for Dox Thrash House through Beech Community Services to design and plan for redevelopment 2340-42 Cecil B. Moore Ave. including rehabilitation of the interior structure, roofing and stairwell construction.

  • $1.2 million for the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Visitors Center – Phase II for stormwater runoff and groundwater management, installation of year-round climate control in the current ticketing and museum store, and plumbing for new restrooms.

  • $1 million for Girard Founders Hall Renovation to help preserve the building and allow it to be available year-round to the public; create a large multi-purpose room for events, seminars and museum exhibit space; a catering kitchen and conferencing spaces. Also, for upgrades in accessibility, HVAC and electric.

  • $1 million for the William H. Gray III Living Legacy Campaign to be used for design and installation of the memorial at the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station.

  • $3 million for the Philadelphia Technical Training Institute -- Expansion 2022 to provide electrical, HVAC and piping improvements at the West Girard campus for classrooms. Also, for renovations to the Ogontz Avenue campus including power upgrades and classroom space.

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.