Chester, PA – December 30, 2020 – Senator-elect John Kane (D, Delaware/Chester) today announced $13.4 million in state grants that will fund projects across Delaware and Chester counties.

“I’m proud to already be able to support important work being done across the 9th district,” said Senator-elect Kane. “This funding is going to help strengthen our communities, from supporting our colleges and universities, to improving conditions for our first responders, to moving towards renewable energy, to creating new economic stimulus. It’s an honor to serve the people of Delco and Chesco and to be fighting to make sure our government works for the people.”

The funding comes from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), 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.

Projects approved for funding include:

  • $1 million for Cheyney University to revitalize and reconfigure under-utilized buildings on campus.
  • $2 million for Cheyney’s Crenshaw Institute for Applied Science and Technology to convert the Wade Wilson Building into a R&D training facility containing classrooms, training rooms, meeting spaces, and other resources.
  • $1 million to develop a new retail, office, and commercial space in one of Chester’s Opportunity Zones, to create employment and economic development in Chester.
  • $1 million for Fame Fire Company of West Chester to renovate and expand their fire station adjacent to West Chester University’s campus.
  • $1.5 million to improve Delaware County’s 911 communications, including upgrading the 24 tower locations across the county.
  • $2.5 million for the redevelopment of the former Chester Community Hospital into a new facility for Silvercare.
  • $500,000 for Longwood Gardens to enhance their research and educational capabilities, including expanding their conservatory capabilities.
  • $500,000 for Eddystone to construct an addition to the firehouse, a new maintenance facility, and upgrade existing municipal buildings.
  • $1.5 million for Monroe Energy to convert a cooling water system into a closed-loop water tower system, which will reduce Monroe’s water intake from the Delaware River by 90 million gallons (90%).
  • $1 million for the construction of pad-complete sites in Middletown Township, to create new hotel and retail pads.
  • $900,000 for the renovation of the Philadelphia Suburban Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors’ Apprentice School, which will transform an outdated facility into a world-class educational resource.