Archbishop Ryan project is awarded $2.5 million in state funding


HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – A $2.5 million state grant has been awarded to the Friends of Ryan to be used for a project at the Archbishop Ryan campus, according to state Reps. Ed Neilson and Mike Driscoll and state Sen. John Sabatina, all D-Phila., who worked to advance the funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

The funding will provide a space not just for students, but for the community as a whole, providing a common space for people to gather.

“While I would like to take all the credit, none of this would have been possible without the help from our other Northeast elected officials, especially Representative Mike Driscoll and Senator John Sabatina, both of whom represent the district,” Neilson said. “This project will provide a safe place for our children to enjoy and bring families together in a space that is close to home.” 

“This is such an important project to our community as a whole,” Driscoll said. “This is expanding on the greenspace and amenities available in the community, spaces that everyone can use. This is a central location that will be used for many generations to come. I am so pleased to have collaborated with Representative Neilson and Senator Sabatina to bring this to Northeast Philadelphia.”

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.