Bullock announces $1.7 million in grant awards for projects in 195th

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State grant awards totaling more than $4.7 million have been awarded to projects in the 195th Legislative District, according to state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila.

“These projects are vital to our community from an economic standpoint as well as a quality-of-life standpoint,” Bullock said. “Especially as we all hope to see COVID in the rearview mirror at some point, we need to be mindful of the financial hit these organizations and institutions have taken over the last two years. They are employers and educators, and it is imperative that we provide them with support where we can.”

The following projects have been awarded:

  • $250,000 to Girard College for campus improvements that include creating a science center at the high school and renovating the high school, middle school and elementary science rooms with new systems, ventilation, chemical storage areas, lighting, teaching walls, casework, chemistry hoods and computer network infrastructure.

  • $1.5 million to Philadelphia Zoo for grasslands and a giraffe barn project. The zoo will convert the existing bird lake to a large outdoor habitat for giraffes, ostriches, and Ankole cattle and turn existing artificial wetlands into a scenic overlook, for close experiences with the giraffes. A new giraffe barn will be built and include a visitor viewing area, storage, and support spaces.

  • $1.5 million for WURD Radio to construct a 4-story office building on Haverford Avenue which will house a radio station, restaurant and ground floor retail.

  • $500,000 for Philadelphia Technical Training Institute to renovate their existing building to modernize and expand the cafeteria area, and create space for classes

  • $1 million William H Gray III Memorial Foundation - Living Legacy Campaign for the continuing redevelopment of the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, including a vivid interactive installation that offers lessons to current and future generations through Congressman Gray’s work in business, community building, public service and civic life. The site has been specifically selected to ensure exposure to a robust group of daily and annual visitors and offer related educational activities at both the station and nearby Drexel University.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which these grants were awarded, is a commonwealth grant program overseen by the Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs.