Kirkland announces more than $5M in grants for local projects

CHESTER, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that four state grants totaling more than $5 million will support redevelopment and construction projects in the 159th District.

“I’m pleased to see grants awarded to help support projects in Trainer, Eddystone and Chester,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “These projects aim to revitalize areas in need, create jobs and make needed municipal building upgrades. This work will help create a brighter future for our community, and I’m grateful to Governor Tom Wolf for seeing the value of these projects and supporting them with funding.”

Grants in the 159th District were awarded as follows:

  • Monroe Energy, in Trainer - $1.5 million for Phase II of a multi-phase investment to convert once-through cooling water from the Delaware River to a closed-loop, city water cooling tower system. Once all three phases are complete, three cooling towers will have been erected, reducing Monroe’s water intake from the Delaware River by 90% or 90 million gallons.
  • Eddystone - $500,000 for the Eddystone Municipal Complex project, which includes constructing an addition to the existing firehouse, constructing a new maintenance facility, rehabilitating an industrial building for office space and constructing a municipal recreation area on the former commercial site.
  • A World So Special Inc., in Chester - $1 million for the Seaport Commissary and Event Center, a project to develop a 2.06-acre property located in an Opportunity Zone to create a mix of retail, offices and commercial space, encouraging businesses to occupy the flex-space and create employment opportunities.
  • Chester Economic Development Authority - $2.5 million for the redevelopment of the former Chester Community Hospital, specifically the fourth floor of the south building and land around the building into the Silvercare Subacute Care facility.

The RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.