Kirkland announces $4.6M in redevelopment grants for projects in his legislative district

CHESTER, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced that three projects in his district each received grants, totaling $4.6 million, from the Office of the Budget’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

“This $4.6 million investment will go toward community building, job security and the revitalization of Chester City. Each of these three projects brings its own unique offering to our area, contributing to the betterment of our community,” Kirkland said.

Grants were awarded as follows:

  • ACCESS Community Center: $750,000 will help cover the costs of constructing a community center. Services to be offered within the community center include, but are not limited to, youth and adult programing; senior citizen programs; housing assistance through counseling and planning; a community garden; and veteran services.
     
  • Monroe Energy LLC: $1,850,000 to go toward the replacement of Substation 6 - a primary downstream distribution substation. The project will convert steam-driven turbines to more efficient electric turbines, replace power cables and install new cables between Substation 6 and five secondary substations. Additional advantages of this project include enhancements to personnel safety, and reduction in the potential for facility upsets.
     
  • Starboard Industries LLC: $2,000,000 to transform 24 Keystone Opportunity Zone lots into a four-story office building and create the Small Business Incubator and Corporate Center. The first floor will provide a financially viable space for Chester entrepreneurs and the remaining space will host Agronomed Pharmaceuticals’ management team.

“I’m proud to help bring over $4 million home that will deliver quality-of-life improvements for the people of the 159th Legislative District,” Kirkland said.

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.

Questions may be directed to Kirkland’s office by calling 610-876-6420.