Hohenstein announces total of $7.75M in RACP project grants for Tioga Marine Revitalization project, Caring for Friends, AdvanSix Inc., the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, and Tacony Boat Launch

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., today announced $7.75 million in state grant funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program that will support the Tioga Marine Terminal Revitalization project, Caring for Friends, AdvanSix Inc., the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, and the Tacony Boat Launch.

“With the amount of money coming to our neighborhoods, we’re going to be seeing some big changes,” Hohenstein said. “I’m proud of being able to work with Governor Wolf and my colleagues in the House and Senate to make sure your tax dollars end up benefiting you and the spaces we use every day. I’ve worked hard to make sure these projects get the financial support they need to make it across the finish line and benefit our communities for years to come.”

$4 million is going to Delaware River Stevedores for a Tioga Marine Terminal Revitalization project. Hohenstein was proud to be part of the team led by Gov. Tom Wolf and state Sen. Christina Tartaglione, D-Phila, for this grant. There are several components to this terminal revitalization project to rehabilitate existing cranes. They include electrifying cranes; replacing worn out crane spreaders; replace gantry crane motors; Tioga 5 rail side barrier system upgrades; Tioga 1 LED lighting replacement; Tioga 2 LED lighting replacement; Tioga 1 pole repairs; Tioga 4 overhead door replacement; Tioga 5 sprinkler system installation; Tioga 1 & 3 bathroom refurbishment; shop wash out station with oil/water separator; demolition of old shop; Tioga 2 door demo and replacement; radio repeater upgrades; and North Yard electric reefer plug.

$1.25 million will be provided to Caring for Friends for a proposed cold storage building that will consist of 90% freezer area and 10% cooler area. Hohenstein was proud to help lead a team with state Sen. Jimmy Dillon, D-Phila., and other local officials for this grant. Caring for Friends has been delivering meals to homebound people and food to pantries and food banks for almost 50 years. Hohenstein said they were a tremendous community support during the pandemic and the expansion of their warehouse greatly benefits the community as people continue to increase the amount of food that is rescued daily. Without adequate cold storage, it makes it impossible to rescue, package, store, and distribute food to the vulnerable populations that need it.

$1 million is being provided to Arsenal Associates for their Arsenal Revitalization project. The company will rehabilitate buildings 28 and 28-A in The Arsenal. The construction includes the complete interior demolition and removal of unneeded building structures, the complete restoration and replacement of windows, roof replacement, plumbing upgrades, electrical rough-in, and similar components of the buildings, drywall partitions, electrical installations including receptacles, lighting, communications, drop ceiling, HVAC system, elevator and other finish work including carpeting, doors, hardware's, etc. to have the building completed and ready for occupancy upon execution of leases. This grant was made possible with the help of Tartaglione.

$500,000 was awarded to the Delaware River City Corporation to be used at the Tacony Boat Launch. Hohenstein said he was proud to be part of the team led by Dillon and the Riverfront North Partnership and is happy to support his neighbors in the 173rd district and help carry the work of former state Rep. and now Philadelphia Councilmember Mike Driscoll over the finish line. The Tacony Boat Launch is a four-acre trailhead park and public boat launch that is owned by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and located at Princeton Ave. and State Road. Park design is currently underway and is being shaped by community stakeholders. This project will transform an underutilized space with amenities like parking, utilities, and a restroom/storage building, a non-motorized boat ramp, a fishing pier, and restoration of shoreline.

$1 million was awarded to AdvanSix Inc. to be used on the AdvanSix Dock and Delaware Avenue pedestrian safety project. Hohenstein said he was proud to be part of the team led by Tartaglione for this grant. This includes construction of a new dock and new section of pipeline that will serve to address multi-modal logistical efficiency, ease congestion in the Bridesburg neighborhood and ensure public safety including on the new planned paths and walkways along the Delaware River.

$1 million is going to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia for the Samuel D. Cozen PAL Center and scattered sites. The brand-new construction of a state-of-the-art PAL Center on Ontario Street is to include a multi-purpose, full-size gymnasium, with divider curtains, equipped for volleyball and indoor soccer conversion, as well as handball and group exercise and yoga classes; administrative office space; restrooms; reconfigurable PAL workshop space for partnerships and demonstrations with the trades; tech rooms; multipurpose classroom space; and dedicated health and wellness space. This grant was made possible with the help of Tartaglione.

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.

More information is available by contacting Hohenstein’s district office at 215-744-2600.