PHILADELPHIA – December 10, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today said that the residents in the 1st Senatorial District will soon be able to enjoy a more exciting Gallery at Market East and a more energy efficient Academy of Music thanks to $4 million in grants from the commonwealth.

“If you’ve recently walked east down Market Street you can already see big changes, and thanks to a second phase of renovations the Gallery at Market East will continue to improve with the neighborhood. And just around the corner, the Academy of Music, from its chandelier to its roof, is being renovated and becoming more energy efficient,” Farnese said. “These are two very exciting projects and I’d like to extend my congratulations to the Gallery at Market East and the Academy of Music on their grants.”

The projects and their related grants:

Gallery at Market East             $2,500,000

Grant source:                                     RACP

The Gallery at Market East will be using their grant to help fund the second phase of the redevelopment of the Gallery at Market East.

Academy of Music                            $1,500,000

Grant source:                                             RACP

The Academy of Music will be using their grant to help fund their current HVAC renovation project.

RACP grants are authorized by the governor’s office for specific economic development projects across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport. Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662). More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at

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