Burgos applauds $4.2 million in grant funding for local projects

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., announced today that five Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $4.2 million were awarded for projects that will greatly benefit hard-working families in his district.

The grants include:

  • Expansion of Esperanza Health Center-North 5th Street location - $5,000. This project will allow EHC to increase access to primary medical care; expand the medication-assisted treatment group medical model for those suffering from opioid-use disorder and substance use disorder; improve our capacity to respond to COVID with testing, vaccinations, treatment, and education; and add new services that address the results of social determinants of health screenings that are done with every patient.

  • Island Caribbean Feast Restaurant - $750,000. This project includes comprehensive upgrades to the Caribbean Feast restaurant. All systems will be upgraded, including plumbing, electrical, and HVAC, and the physical expansion of the kitchen to upgrade all cooking equipment and surfaces to support multi-user and multi-event capabilities. Enhanced food storage and end-to-end tracking will be included, and all point-of-sale and remote point-of-sale software will be replaced and integrated.

  • Rev. Leon H Sullivan Impact Center - $5,000. The vacant annex will be renovated in this project, including structural improvements to support the first-floor structure; new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems and equipment; installation of an elevator; removal of some interior partitions to provide larger-scale workspaces; new thermally efficient windows; new ADA accessible entrance; and exterior restoration and lighting.

  • Temple U-HSC Campus Infrastructure Modernization and Improvements - $1.5 million. The project involves the renovation of various buildings on Temple University's Health Science Center campus for life safety, code, and ADA-related improvements, including upgrades to public areas, entrance lobbies, common spaces, corridors, elevator lobbies, and restrooms. The project also includes the replacement of the Old Dental School building's windows.

  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center North - $1 million. The development of a new child and family outpatient mental health clinic will allow the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center to expand their culturally competent, trauma-focused mental health services in the heart of Philadelphia’s Latinx community. Proposed project is the construction of a new building include the pre-construction sitework, core and shell of the building, and other hard costs.

“I celebrate these grants which will further advance the remarkable work of these organizations,” Burgos said. “The funds will go toward necessary revitalizations and expansion that will benefit the most vulnerable families in my legislative district. This is very rewarding. I want to make sure that my constituents receive the very best services and care and I will continue advocating for more funds, innovation and economic development in the community.”