Nelson announces $2.75M in RACP grants for his district

CHELTENHAM, Dec. 23 — State Rep.-elect Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, today announced that three Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants worth $2.75 million have been secured for the 154th Legislative District.

Einstein Medical Center Elkins, Arcadia University and the Salus University Orthotics and Prosthetics program are the beneficiaries of this round of funding for the district, which Nelson was elected to represent just last month. He will officially be sworn into office on Jan. 5.

“RACP projects have long been crucial to a region’s economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvements, and that’s absolutely the case with these three grants for our community,” Nelson said. “I want to thank Governor Tom Wolf, my predecessor, recently retired Representative Steve McCarter, state Senator Art Haywood, and all the hard-working people who helped secure this funding for three outstanding institutions.”

The breakdown of funding and information on each project follows:

  • Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park: $1 million to renovate and expand the current 4th floor Brain Injury Center to include a robotics gym, plus renovations for the pharmacy and patient rooms.
  • Arcadia University: $1 million for construction, renovation and related costs for the Recreation Center (including two full-sized basketball courts, bathrooms, changing area, storage, etc.), the Arts Center (including one- and two-story additions for the Spruance Art Center), and the Physical Therapy building (including significant renovations for exam and treatment rooms).
  • Salus University’s Orthotics and Prosthetics program: $750,000 for construction of 4,000 square feet of specific facility space, including a fabrication lab, a plaster lab, a plastics lab, a machine shop, a multi-purpose classroom, plus office and storage space, as well as the relocation of its College of Health, Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation lab.

“The Arcadia community was honored to learn we received the RACP grant from Representative Nelson today,” said Dr. Ajay Nair, president of Arcadia University. “Arcadia’s proposed projects would support not just our students but the surrounding community, and we are grateful to all who helped secure these funds.”

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.