Guzman congratulates Alvernia on record-breaking grant

READING, Dec. 28 – State Rep.-elect Manny Guzman, D-Berks, congratulated Alvernia University on receiving a $4 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant. The grant is the largest in the university’s 62-year history.

The grant will be used to renovate and redevelop its newly acquired downtown building at 401 Penn St.

“In the short term, this grant will help transform a downtown building in Reading,” Guzman said. “In the long term, this grant will help Alvernia continue its Franciscan mission of serving the underserved and championing the redevelopment of the city – improving the lives of its students and city residents. My office will be aggressive in seeking out these grant opportunities as a new vision for downtown Reading is developed and built.”    

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.

“Applying for grants is time consuming and can be frustrating,” Guzman said. “My office is here to help municipalities, nonprofits, schools and businesses in applying for these important state programs,” Guzman said. “If you need assistance during this process, do not hesitate to reach out to my office.”

Guzman was elected to his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November. A graduate of Reading High and a former member of the Reading School Board, Guzman’s state office is located on the third floor at 645 Penn St. in Reading. His office can be reached at 610-376-1529.