Last month our district got some good news, the State of Pennsylvania will be investing $14,000,000 in the First Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. In addition to these projects, which I’m proud to support and are detailed below, I’d like to tell you about:
- Property Tax/Rent Rebates;
- The upcoming casino hearings;
- A New Nonprofit Program and Services Hotline; and
- Free trees.
As always, thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Pennsylvania Invests $14,000,000 in the First Senatorial District
$14,000,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants (RACP) from the state, and the three projects they fund, will bring jobs, economic development, green energy solutions and improve tourism in the City of Philadelphia. The three projects that will receive RACP grants are:
Navy Yard Central Green Project
$4,000,000 will be used to support redevelopment at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in addition to beautification and creating a five acre central park. The Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development is a public authority incorporated by the City of Philadelphia to acquire, improve, lease or own industrial, commercial or specialized development projects in the City.
Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art Handling Facility
The $5,000,000 grant will help construct a 68,000 square foot Art Handling Facility, which was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, to provide much-needed improvements to the Museum’s back-of-house operations for the care, storage and movement of art.
Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) Catalytic Cracker Turnaround
$5,000,000 will upgrade and refurbish the Catalytic Cracker Unit located in Philadelphia’s historic, South Philadelphia refinery. PES took over the Sunoco refinery last year, preserving nearly 1,000 jobs.
RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.
Gaming Control Board Announces Expanded Public Input Schedule for Philadelphia Casino License
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board just announced that it will add an additional date and location to collect public input for the awarding of the second casino license in Philadelphia. In addition to the public input hearings on April 11 and 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, there will now be a third session on May 8 at Lincoln Financial Field, West Club Level. If you are interested in testifying at any of the three hearings visit www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov to sign up.
Property Tax/Rent Rebates
If you need help with your property tax and/or rent rebate come visit my District Office. PA’s rebate program is designed to benefit Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
New Nonprofit Program and Services Hotline: 2-1-1
People in Philadelphia and South Eastern Pennsylvania deserve an easy way to access essential health and human services, regardless of their income. So, the United Way’s new 2-1-1 hotline is the right place to start. The service is free and is a confidential way to connect yourself with area health and human services. Callers are connected to trained specialists seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or search for a service online 24 hours a day at www.211sepa.org.
Free yard trees from the City of Philadelphia are available at community events this April. The educational sessions will tech you everything you need to know about planting and taking care of your tree. Please pre-register for up to two trees at www.treephilly.org.