Burgos announces $2 million in state grants to his district

PHILADELPHIA, April 22 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., announced today that two institutions in his district were awarded state grants, that combined are for $2 million.

One of the grants awarded was to the Zion Baptist Church Annex for $500,000 for renovation.

The project will renovate the nearly 27,000 square feet of space through structural improvements to bring the building up to code; new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems and equipment; installation of an elevator; removal of some interior partitions to provide larger-scale work spaces; new thermally efficient windows; new ADA accessible entrance; and exterior restoration and lighting. It will accommodate a health center, a cafe and bookstore, small produce co-op, a STEAM program space, a multi-purpose social venue, workforce training, and a space for youth activities.

The other grant was awarded to Temple University-Innovation Hub for $1.5 million. The project will construct and renovate an existing space to spark innovative ideas that can be explored and transformed into viable businesses. The space will be outfitted with cutting edge technology and other equipment, as well as modern furnishing necessary to create the proper climate for the iHub.

Burgos said he is happy to see these dollars going to these two institutions.

“The Innovation Hub at Temple and the Zion Baptist Church are two integral parts of our district,” Burgos said. “I am thankful that Governor Wolf is awarding them with these grants, and believe both institutions will make the most out of this funding.”  

The funding was awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.