Davidson announces $6.5M in state funding for crucial regional development

UPPER DARBY, Dec. 23 - State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, proudly announced today $6.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding for several crucial regional and 164th Legislative District-specific projects that she has pushed for this year.

Approved projects for the highly competitive grants can be found here. Davidson supported and fiercely advocated for the following projects:

  • Stonehurst Community Center in Upper Darby: $1 million.
  • Aircraft parking for Philadelphia International in Tinicum Township: $2 million.
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia project to redevelop a 30-year unused property in Millbourne: $1.5 million.
  • Delaware County 911 communications: $1.5 million.
  • Delaware County Community College – Southeast Campus: $500,000.

“All of these world-class projects not only redevelop long blighted areas and underserved communities, but they demonstrate the resilience of a people and my continued commitment to them,” Davidson said. “The increased job opportunities, access to health care, transportation infrastructure and community and safety investments being made today are nothing less than amazing and well deserved Christmas and happy holiday gifts for residents of Delaware County, and I could not be more proud to get this done in this super challenging 2020 and pandemic year.”

Stonehurst’s RACP grant will go toward a comprehensive plan that Upper Darby Township is creating to transform property in the Stonehurst neighborhood into a newly repurposed and much needed community center.

Funding for the airport parking expansion will go toward pavement operations there.

The portion of money for the CHOP project includes money for extensive site work, a new signal intersection, a large well lighted parking field, a visitor parking area adjacent to the two-story visitor lobby, an employee lobby and parking area, and truck bays for the developing property at 6400 Market St. in Millbourne Borough.

Money for 911 operations out of Middletown Township will help provide a secure, reliable, FCC-compliant public safety communication system using approximately 24 locations within the county, including the 911 Center. This project includes 24 tower upgrades to provide countywide communication coverage, shelter structures, ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions, and 911 Center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens and first responders, as well as with surrounding counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Delaware County Community College funding will go toward a major facility purchase and renovation and expansion. The Early Childhood Education Center will be a separate building that houses two faculty offices and a dedicated classroom for early childhood education courses.

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.