Sims announces $16.5M in RACP grants for museums, university and workplace development projects and nonprofits combating homelessness

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced $16.5 million in RACP state grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to support six organizations in the 182nd District. 

“We all know how much the pandemic and the ongoing social and economic crises have affected our friends, families and communities. Now more than ever it is important that we rebuild and invest in our infrastructure. The grants awarded in my district will ensure the continued vitality of Center City Philadelphia and our region through reinvesting in cultural, non-profit and green building projects. I would like to thank our community partners for their tireless advocacy, and I look forward to successful completion of this important work for our city,” Sims said. 

  • Market West Associates LP - $4 million 
    2222 Market will be a new 18-story office tower built on an existing parking lot owned by Parkway. It will be LEED certified, meeting sustainable and energy efficient building design and construction standards, and will be Fitwel certified, indicating a building that supports healthy workplace environments, fostering productivity and collaboration among workers. 2222 Market will also include a green terrace, a green rooftop, a marketplace and a cafe.
     
  • Broad Street Ministry - $500,000 
    BSM's building was built in 1900 and is in critical need of repair. Due to decades of deferred maintenance, the facility is in dire need of improvements to preserve the integrity of the building. This project will focus on exterior restoration and interior renovation to allow the organization to better serve its mission in the 21st century.
     
  • University of the Arts - $1 million 
    As a shining pillar on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia, University of the Arts will develop a new Performance and Exhibition Student Center by renovating and enhancing the former Gershman Y building at 401 S. Broad St. The project will transform portions of Gershman Hall into a new performance and exhibition student center where all UArts students can find space for collaboration, recreation, exhibition and performance.
     
  • CP 2023 / Alexander Calder Museum - $5 million 
    This project entails designing and constructing a new building to display the works of Alexander Calder in Philadelphia. It is located along a corridor of iconic works by the Calder family. The building program requires approximately 15,000 square feet of enclosed space situated on 1.8 acres. The building program includes a 6,000-square-foot sculpture gallery, a 300-square-foot classroom and significant outdoor space for the protected display of outdoor sculptures and landscaped areas for the enjoyment of the public. In addition to the exhibition and education spaces, the site will include a café and catering area that will be used for large events and lectures.
     
  • Mütter Museum - $1 million 
    Expansion of the museum will include: Nearly doubling the museum square footage, offering a clearer, more welcoming entry point that provides visitors with a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of the college. The existing Mütter Gallery will connect to a new two-floor gallery space that joins the Thomson Gallery and new Rare Book Gallery. New exhibitions will feature more collections and highlight important medical accomplishments, particularly those of underrepresented groups. Upgrades to 1955 Library Stacks—New HVAC and fire suppression system, new lighting, and improved physical layout and work areas, providing visual connection from the museum into the stacks.
     
  • Franklin institute - $5 million 
    The Franklin Institute Master Plan project consists of three distinct phases with other improvements interspersed in each phase. The earliest phase includes the expansion of the two-story collection gallery centering on the Baldwin 6,000 Locomotive. Additionally, an upgraded atrium will be decluttered to serve as the navigational and informational hub to the museum. Two exhibition gallery renovations will complete Phase 1. Among the improvements included in the project's latter phases are the centralization of the entry and ticketing areas into one secure space on the ground floor and upgrades TFI's Omnimax, Planetarium and Franklin theaters that include the installation of cutting-edge audio, video, lighting and seating equipment. The museum's Science Park will be recreated as an outdoor destination and flexible space to host exhibits and events. Throughout the project, the museum will continue to upgrade its exhibits, galleries, buildings and equipment. 

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth 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 revenues, or other measures of economic activity.