Rep. Kenyatta announces more than $3 million in redevelopment funding for North Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today announced $3.4 million in state grants to North Philadelphia for redevelopment projects.

Two grants were awarded in Kenyatta’s 181st Legislative District. One was to Sharswood 1 LLC for $2.125 million to construct a grocery store and a shopping center.

The other was to Temple University for $1.3 million to create a new center for anti-racism and for upgrades to the Africology/African American Studies department.

“I am very pleased to see this grant money being used for two areas that are crucial to our community,” Kenyatta said. “The addition of a supermarket to this section of North Philadelphia is a huge benefit to constituents and other businesses and retailers in the area.” 

He continued, “Racism remains a threat to our country and our society. So, the funds made available to build Temple University’s Anti-Racism Center and upgrade its Africology/African American Studies Department is a valuable investment in the future of Temple University and its impact on the larger community.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

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.