The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program recently awarded $3 million in state funds to two projects in Folcroft and Upper Darby, towns outside of Philadelphia.
Administered by the Office of the Budget, RACP projects are state-funded and designed to support the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvements.
“This investment from the Commonwealth speaks to the importance of our local governments and the citizens they serve,” state Sen. Anthony Williams said when the award was announced.
Folcroft received $1.5 million for the development of a new municipal complex.
“I congratulate Folcroft Borough officials on crafting a smart application for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and look forward to working with them as this project moves forward,” Williams said.
The proposed Folcroft project includes a 10,000-square-foot administrative and police department building. It also will feature a 12,000-square-foot community center situated on recreational property owned by the borough.
Located close to the public library and fire station, the new structure will have a 420-square-foot lobby to accommodate police and governmental business. The 2,900-square-foot administrative wing will house a 1,600-square-foot council chamber, conference room and administrative offices.
State Rep. David Delloso, who represents the area, thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for “releasing these funds for Folcroft Borough’s municipal complex project,” which is scheduled to break ground in later this fall.
“It’s critical for state government to help shoulder the fiscal responsibility for municipal projects such as this. These RACP funds will help strengthen Folcroft Borough’s sense of community and make it and the 162nd District a safer place to live,” said Delloso.
The Folcroft and Upper Darby projects are authorized under the Pennsylvania’s Capital Budget Itemization Act. Both projects are anticipated to 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.
State Road Foods plans to demolish the aged Drexeline Shopping Center and replace it with a new, 75,000-square-foot ShopRite supermarket that will anchor the revitalized complex.
“Local access to healthy food is critical for everyone, and this project promises to deliver that to Upper Darby residents and so much more. I thank Governor Wolf for taking an active role in the Upper Darby community,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson.
Acknowledging the efforts of state Sen. Tim Kearney and Rep. Mike Zabel to secure significant funds, Davidson said “It is always great to see state support for projects that contribute to the economic vitality of our community.”
The new Drexeline Shopping Center will be designed with a 68% increase in selling space from the current facility and offer the Upper Darby community access to healthy foods, augmenting existing departments and allow for the addition of an in-store pharmacy. The redevelopment will also address storm water management issues that have plagued the property for years.
Kearney said he was “particularly thrilled” that walkable and bike-able amenities will be added alongside the “state of the art green energy and building improvements.”
The Upper Darby project will retain the jobs of the 178 current employees and is expected to create 142 jobs as a result of the grocery store redevelopment.
“Senator Kearney and Representative Zabel’s advocacy for this project had a big impact on moving it forward,” said Davidson. “Our Delaware County delegation of members is strong and will continue to work together to help move more projects like this.”