Guzman helps to save the Reading Phillies

READING, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced the awarding of $7.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding for construction of new facilities and an overhaul of FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

The project will involve construction of a three-story structure at FirstEnergy Stadium for the home and visiting clubhouses, women's locker room, batting tunnels, weight room, team laundry, equipment storage, an indoor event space and other enhancements.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

Like the pinstripes on their jerseys, the Reading Phillies are stitched into the fabric of our community,” Guzman said. “Generations of families have made it a tradition to visit this historic ballpark and root for their home team. I am so grateful this tradition and the memories that come with it will remain steadfast here in Reading.”

Guzman was instrumental in securing the funding to keep the Reading Phillies in Baseball Town through collaborative measures with influential leaders that put the project in motion.

Guzman went onto say, “I have such fond memories of coming to see the Reading Phillies play at this historic ballpark. The passion this city has for their Reading Phillies creates an atmosphere within the ballpark’s friendly confines that is second to none. I am thrilled that families will have the opportunity to continue forging the legacy of the Reading Phillies for generations to come.”

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 revenue or other measures of economic activity

Anyone seeking more information can reach Guzman’s office at 610-376-1529.

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