Bucks County, PA – March 16, 2023 – Today, Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representative Tina Davis (D-141) announced a total of $2,083,796 in state funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Local Share Account Statewide Program for community improvement projects in Bristol Borough and Bristol Township.
The projects and the awarded amounts are as follows:
- Redevelopment of Chestnut & Elm Streets in Bristol Borough- $1,000,000
- Bucks County Technical High School Facility Improvements- $1,000,000
- YMCA of Bucks & Hunterdon Counties- $83,796
In Bristol Borough, the funds will be used to continue to revitalize properties along Chestnut Street in Bristol Borough. Senator Santarsiero and Representative Davis secured $1.3 million in state funds in October 2022 to begin work on this project. Phase 2 includes the acquisition, demolition, and revitalization of 30 residential units on the 1000 block of Chestnut Street.
“Bristol Borough has seen tremendous growth and rejuvenation in recent years,” said Senator Santarsiero. “I am proud to support this project to further improve the Borough, which will help grow the local economy and increase its appeal for residents and visitors alike.”
Bristol Borough Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe expressed his gratitude for the funding saying, “Senator Santarsiero and Representative Davis truly understand the importance of redevelopment in a small town like Bristol Borough. I can’t thank both of them enough for their extreme generosity and support. It’s because of this funding, that we will be able to take our Chestnut and Elm Street project to the next phase.”
The funds for Bucks County Technical High School (BCTHS) will be used to upgrade the existing roof and HVAC equipment at the school.
“The Bucks County Technical High School is a fantastic school that allows students in our area to receive education and certification in trades that can enable them to have long and successful careers,” Sen Santarsiero said. “The grant will allow the school to make much needed upgrades to its building so that students can continue to learn meaningful career skills.”
“Bucks County Technical High School truly appreciates these additional funds,” said Leon Poeske, Administrative Director at BCTHS. “These funds will allow the school to continue making the much-needed renovations of replacing a very leaky roof, replacing the end-of-life HVAC/R units, and replacing our outdated fire/security system. The LSA grant helps the school reduce the funding gap created by the dramatic increase in building materials and supplies. We hope to completely close the funding shortfall by securing RACP funds at a later date so the students can continue to learn and train in our premier technical school. Thank you, Senator Santarsiero and Representative Davis for your support.”
The YMCA of Bucks & Hunterdon Counties will use the funds to purchase two cargo vans for the YMCA branch in Bristol Township. The vans will be used for the food program, summer camp and maintenance.
“The YMCA offers programs that reach so many in our community, and these vans will help expand that reach” Sen Santarsiero said. “I am proud to stand behind an organization doing such valuable work for our community.”
“We are so grateful to Senator Santarsiero and Rep. Davis for helping us secure these funds and to the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority (BCRDA) for supporting our application,” commented Zane Moore, president/CEO of YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties. “This will enable us to purchase much-needed vans to transport food, including donated produce, to support feeding programs at our childcare and summer camp sites, and our food backpack program. The ability to easily move food and supplies from location to location greatly impacts our ability to serve more families through this critical program.”
“The grants announced today represent a major investment in our community,” Davis said. “I am proud of the work that the YMCA of Bucks and the Bucks County Technical High School have done to help shape the lives of our young people in a positive way and help them secure a brighter future. I am pleased that Sen. Santarsiero and I were able to work together to bring this critical funding back home to Bristol Township.”
The funds come from the distribution of gaming revenues through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. They support a variety of community projects and can be used for any project that serves the public interest and improves the quality of life for members of the community.
For more information on the Local Share Account Statewide Program, visit the DCED website.