Sims announces $350K state grant for Center City District to improve public entrances at Penn Center Plaza

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Brian Sims announced Tuesday that a $350,000 state grant has been awarded to Center City District to improve access to regional rail, subway and trolley lines that serve southeast Pennsylvania.

“We are proud of Center City Philadelphia, and we want to share this amazing place with our neighbors around the state,” Sims said. “This grant funding will improve the public’s access to a key public transportation system, which will allow for ease of travel for more of our residents, commuters and visitors. It will allow more people to visit Center City more easily.”

The $350,000 grant announced today will help fund a project by Center City District that will eventually add two new stairways and an elevator head house between the two original Penn Center buildings; add a new stairway at the northwest end that will create a new, high visibility gateway to the regional rail lines at Suburban Station; remove the outdated enclosed head house on the southwest end of the plaza and enlarge the opening; relocate and upgrade the current elevator to ensure that the concourse and plaza remain fully accessible; and add new prominent gateway signage.

The total project cost is estimated at $4.76 million.

The grant announced Tuesday is awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. The fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable transportation system. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, including streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.