Over $2 million in funding coming to 186th District

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – In a boost to the development of the Schuylkill River Trail and a community center in Wharton Square, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, announced today over two million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding coming to the 186th Legislative District.

“Both of these grants will provide a huge boost to our community by creating jobs and enhancing our shared community spaces,” Harris said. “I look forward to seeing both projects completed and the positive benefits they will have on our neighborhoods.”

The first grant, in the amount of $540,000, was awarded to 24th and Wharton LLC to construct a mixed-use development property that will include 12 apartments and the newly reopened Barrett Education Center that will be renamed for community volunteer Dorothy Allen. Funding will go toward construction of the Dorothy D. Allen Community Center at Wharton Square that will feature a community center, meeting rooms, classrooms, social services and various other services.

The second grant, in the amount of $1.48 million, was awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation for the Christian to Crescent portion of the Schuylkill River Trail. This trail is a 128-mile multi-use trail running along the Schuylkill River and the funding will go toward completing the last major gap in the trail to construct a cable supported bridge structure and related connections to existing on-land trail segments as well as a bridge and ramp to connect this route to South Philadelphia neighborhoods.

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.