Madden brings home $500K for Heritage Center upgrades

STROUDSBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced today that the Monroe County Historical Society has received a $500,000 state grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for vital upgrades to the Heritage Center.

The funding, Madden said, will be used to build an addition of approximately 17,000 square feet immediately adjacent to and connected to Stroud Mansion, which is a 12-room house built in 1795 by Jacob Stroud, founder of Stroudsburg and a Revolutionary War colonel. The mansion offers four floors of exhibit space and highlights the history of Monroe County.

The Heritage Center project will also address accessibility concerns and correct heating and air conditioning issues in the existing mansion.

“I actively advocated for this expansion project funding because Stroud Mansion is one of our historical treasures,” Madden said. “The building expansion and much-needed upgrades will greatly enhance the structure and make the mansion even more enjoyable for visits from residents and tourists alike.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program 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.

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 about the program can be found here.