Young: $8.75 million in state grants awarded to local projects

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Regina Young, D-Phila., today announced that four local projects will receive more than $8.75 million in state grant funding.

“The projects these grants fund will have an immense impact on our community and will serve to lift our friends and neighbors by improving the very infrastructure used in everyday life,” Young said. “These grants are an investment in the people that make up the fabric of District 185.”

The grants awarded include:

  • $5 million to Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC for Bellwether District South Philadelphia Revitalization for Industrial Growth Phase 1, which is a comprehensive redevelopment of The Bellwether District. The improvements include earth moving to raise portions of the site out of floodplains and facilitate future goals of the program to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to the eventual economic hub.

  • $1.5 million to the Fairmount Park Conservancy for FDR Park - Picnic and Play Phase I, which will enable the conservancy to complete its multitude of upgrades. The updated site will include a new shared park road with parking and bike lanes, associated green stormwater management and ADA-accessible pathways and parking. The new utilities will run the gamut, including water and wastewater lines, electrical service, lighting and broadband. There will also be concessions and vending space, gender neutral bathrooms, a hydration station, a picnic area and a seating area for families.

  • $1 million to Campenella Development LLC for Greater Philadelphia Health Action at 2230 Island Ave., which will help create a new medical campus at the GPHA site in Southwest Philadelphia. The project will take an existing industrial building and convert it into a multi-story medical campus with a state-of-the-art health care facility with primary care, dental, pediatrics, OBGYN, behavior health, pharmacy services and a short term in-patient mental health facility with multiple intake rooms and induction rooms.

  • $1.25 million to City of Philadelphia – Rebuild for the J. Finnegan Playground-Philadelphia Rebuild, which will include the renovation of the playground site, playground, basketball court, multi-purpose athletic field, baseball field and community garden of the James Finnegan Playground. The multi-purpose athletic field and the baseball field will receive new fencing, turf, striping, grading, new goals and sand. The garden will have new landscaping, fencing and seating. And the basketball court will have new asphalt and will be restriped.