Rabb, Dawkins secure $1 million for local library project

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 6 – The Free Library of Philadelphia is receiving $1 million in state funding thanks, in part, to the efforts of state Reps. Chris Rabb and Jason Dawkins, both D-Phila.

Gov. Tom Wolf authorized the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant for the 21st Century Libraries Initiative involving the Frankford, West Oak Lane and Parkway Central locations in the city.

The funding will go towards revamping the three buildings with new and expanded services, technology upgrades and structural improvements, including new furniture, roofs, and windows.

“Our students rely heavily on libraries as educational resources that assist them with homework assignments and help expand their learning capabilities,” Rabb said. “I want to commend Governor Wolf for sharing our commitment to our children’s future.” 

Dawkins said, “Libraries are critical information hubs as well as commonplaces for members of the community to interact. These upgrades will create new opportunities, which will help attract more people to the neighborhood and ultimately play a role in growing our local economy.”

The project is estimated to cost about $37.2 million.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.