Daley brings home nearly $7 million in state grants to the district

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27— State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery County today announced that the 148th District received nearly $7 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding for local projects.

“I am proud to have secured $6,975,000 in RACP funding to support these important local projects that will help our community thrive,” Daley said. “This funding will have a positive impact on some of the vulnerable segments in our community. From helping our seniors to get active to supporting students with learning disabilities academic growth and the region’s autistic community development, this funding will help the old to the very young live full lives, engaged with the world and living to their fullest potential. I want to thank Gov. Tom Wolf for allocating this money for these projects.”

The following projects have been awarded:

  • $1 million to AIM Academy to construct a two-story addition which will hold 8 classrooms, offices and collaborative work areas. Green roofs and EV charging stations will be included on the new addition.

  • $2 million to Lower Merion Township’s Department of Parks and Recreation to construct the Ardmore Community Center-PALM Senior Center Replacement Renovation. The Ardmore Avenue Community Center will be a newly constructed environmentally sensitive building with more square footage. It will include flexible programming space, a full-size gymnasium and community use space. The improvements to the surrounding reconfigured park will include onsite parking, more user-friendly hard courts for basketball, tennis/pickleball and volleyball as well as an accessible playground and picnic area adjacent to the existing community swimming pool.

  • $2 million to St. Joseph’s University to construct its addition to Merion Hall. The money will be used for site preparation, design, engineering, permitting and construction of Merion Hall’s expansion, which houses the Kinney Center. The Kinney Center houses programs serving the region’s autistic community.

  • $1,975,000 to the Harmonville Fire Company to demolish the over 70-year-old structure and construct a larger building with enhanced infrastructure to better ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of their volunteer services.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is 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 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.