State Rep. Joe Hohenstein recently announced that four local organizations will be the beneficiaries of $4.5 million in grant funding.
Of that amount, $1 million will help assist in converting the Old Port Richmond Power Plant into a commercial and entertainment destination.
The three other organizations to receive funding are:
- Jacquin’s distillery, Pennsylvania’s oldest distillery, which received $1.5 million.
- The Arsenal, which received $1 million.
- The Trinity Police Athletic League, which received $1 million.
“I have been a supporter of the Old Port Richmond Power Plant project and wrote a letter of support back in March for the project to receive grant funding because I believe in its potential to have a tremendous positive impact,” Hohenstein said in a press release. “And the other grant awards in our district are sure to have a positive impact, as well.”
The funding was awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.
Andrew Block, the senior vice president of Jacquin’s, said the grant will go a long way toward adding much-needed improvements to the factory, including security and lighting enhancements, roof repairs and equipment upgrades. Jacquin’s has been in operation since 1884.
“The investments needed in and around the factory are significant and our team has been working with our local legislators over the course of the last year to secure RACP funding, and we were thrilled to find out that our application had been approved,” Block said.