Briggs welcomes significant state grants for Discovery Labs and other important projects in Montco

Upper Merion, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced eight grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Fund have been awarded to community projects in his district.

“Funding projects such as these is imperative for a healthy economy and an engaged community,” Briggs said. “I am glad that I was able to play a part in getting this funding released and I would like to thank the governor for approving the grants.”

Funding was distributed as follows:

  • $9 million to Discovery Labs for multiple renovation projects. Briggs was instrumental in securing these grants by personally working with the governor and local administration to advocate for funding. Three grants of $3 million each will be used for the air handling unit replacement, central utility plant upgrades, and common area improvement.

  • $500,000 to the Center for Breakthrough Medicines for the design, construction, and conversion of 3200 Horizon Drive and 3400 Horizon Drive from office and warehouse space to cGMP lab and manufacturing space.

  • $2 million to Lower Merion Township’s Department of Parks and Recreation for the construction of the Ardmore Community Center, an environmentally sensitive building that will include flexible programming space, a full-size gymnasium, and community use space. Improvements to the surrounding park will include onsite parking, user-friendly hard courts for basketball, tennis/pickleball, and volleyball as well as an accessible playground and picnic area adjacent to the existing community swimming pool.

  • $1.25 million to West Norriton Township for the construction of the new Jefferson Golf Clubhouse building with a restaurant and banquet facility. Funding will also be used for the pro shop, two kitchens, locker rooms, golf simulators, and additional storage areas.

  • $500,000 to the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center for renovations to the gymnasium, preschool, and lobby. Upgrades also include a boiler replacement, masonry and roof repairs, as well as lighting and security upgrades.

  • $500,000 to the Friends of Valley Forge for the construction of an addition to the Maurice Stephens House. The funds may also alternatively pay for the design fees and site work for the property surrounding the structure.

The funds were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a commonwealth grant program that assists with regional cultural, economic, civic, and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities.