Donatucci announces $5.5 million in state funding awarded to economic development projects in Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced three projects in Philadelphia have been awarded $5.5 million in funding.

“It is awesome to see projects in my district awarded these state funds,” Donatucci said. “These dollars will go far to improve life for so many in our community.”

Grants from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program were awarded to the following projects in the 185th District:

  • WURD Radio LLC awarded $500,000. The scope of work entails the Tenant Improvements/Fit-out of the WURD Radio Station and office space consisting of 6,000 square feet at Project Site 1 (36th & Haverford). In addition, capital improvement to WURD Radio's infrastructure through the repairing of two AM tower antennas located at Project Site 2 (6501 Essington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153).
  • Passyunk Energy Center LLC awarded $2 million. The Passyunk Energy Center plans to invest approximately 5.2 megawatts of solar photovoltaic equipment at the Passyunk site. This would be the largest single solar installation within the city and a commitment to zero emission energy throughout the Commonwealth. This solar production will generate enough electricity to operate all the equipment at the Passyunk Energy Center, as well as all the Philadelphia Gas Works electricity needs for the Passyunk site. With associated equipment, this production will support a microgrid, enabling the site to operate normally even when the local electric grid is down, ensuring a safe, robust and redundant operational capability for the city.
  • Industrial Metals Manufacturing LLC, awarded $3 million. Building 57 was a former shipbuilding center that has been in disrepair since the 1994 closure of the U.S. Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Rhoads Industries is undertaking the renovation of this building to its original purpose, including the design, renovation and construction of new heavily reinforced flooring, electrical systems, crane systems, roofing, lighting, rolling doors and office space to host the U.S. Navy, prime contractor and subcontractors who will design and construct major ship components for the existing and new class of submarines as the fleet expands from 308 to 355 ships. The renovation will meet the historic restoration requirement in the Navy Yard.

RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. 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 revenues, or other measures of economic activity.

RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.