Fitzgerald announces $1 million grant for the Free Library of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald is pleased to announce the Free Library of Philadelphia and its 21st Century Libraries Initiative has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program grant for renovations at the Frankford, West Oak Lane and Parkway Central branches.

“Libraries are fundamental to revitalize our neighborhoods. People go to the library looking for resources and information, but they find much more. They connect, they get to know each other, share concerns and look for solutions – and that’s how you build community,” Fitzgerald said. “I thank Governor Wolf for his commitment to provide support for those who need it the most.”

The project will repair and upgrade three buildings, and will reposition these three facilities with new and expanded services. Funds will be used to defray the costs of design and construction, such as hazardous material abatement, interior renovations, exterior building repairs, and new construction to support building expansion. The proposed renovations also include technology upgrades, new furniture, fixtures, and equipment. 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.