Rep. Wild Announces Requests for Community Funded Projects
Today, Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) announced the Community Funded Projects she is submitting to the House Committee on Appropriations for their consideration this funding cycle.
“These Community Funded Projects will make my district safer, stronger, and better equipped to meet the needs of the hardworking Pennsylvanians I represent,” said Rep. Wild. “Now, I look forward to working to get as many of them funded as possible.”
In order to promote transparency and clarity about the requests, information about each project is available below. In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Wild has certified that she and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested. Those certification letters are available here.
Rep. Wild was only able to select ten out of the fifty applications she received. The House Committee on Appropriations will make the final decision in the coming months on which of the projects will receive funding.
Applications outside of these ten do have an additional chance to apply for Community Project Funding (CPF) this year through Senator Casey. (Senator Toomey has stated that he will not be participating in the CPF process). Rep. Wild and her office will assist by sharing information on applications to assist Senator Casey and his office with the significant task of reviewing a high volume of requests. Information about how to apply via Senator Casey will be available soon.
The CPF process was new to Congress this year, the application window was quite short, and the award criteria were extremely specific. Despite these enormous challenges, Rep. Wild’s office received many, many more excellent projects than could move forward for final consideration by the Committee. The projects are listed below in alphabetical order:
Allentown Fire Department
Project: Allentown Fire Department Emergency Operations Center
Requested Amount: $172,794
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 641 S. 10th St. Allentown 18103
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: Equipment, secure communication receivers, emergency back-up power generator, and other necessary items identified by the Allentown Emergency Management Agency Coordinator to establish the region’s first Emergency Operations Center in Allentown’s renovated fire and rescue training facility.
City of Bethlehem
Project: Bethlehem Food Co-Op
Requested Amount: $2,900,000
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 10 E Church St. Bethlehem, PA 18018
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: Store build out, equipment and initial inventory for a new full-service nonprofit grocery store owned by community members on the north side of the City of Bethlehem.
Community Bike Works
Project: Bike Shop Renovations
Requested Amount: $1,4000,000
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 921 Spruce Street Easton, PA 18042
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: Capital improvements to Community Bike Works’ new Easton and Allentown bike shop/youth centers to support the students of Lehigh and Northampton County.
Da Vinci Science Center
Project: Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion
Requested Amount: $3,000,000
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, PA 18103
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: Construction for new Da Vinci Science Center location in Center City Allentown, projected to open in 2024, which will expand STEAM activities for Lehigh Valley students, host international science exhibits, and generate an estimated $33 million in local economic activity every year.
Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority
Project: Facilities and Equipment for the Security Checkpoint and Terminal Connector Project at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)
Requested Amount: $2,042,418
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 3311 Airport Road, Allentown, PA 18109
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: The overall project includes a new 4-lane security screening checkpoint within a 25,000 square-foot addition to the terminal complex through a new elevated terminal connector at ABE. This grant would cover a portion of the facilities and equipment for the project; the LifeAire Systems associated with the HVAC and air circulation/purification within the new security screening checkpoint.
Mt. Bethel Fire Department
Project: Mt. Bethel Fire Department Emergency Shelter Expansion
Requested Amount: $450,000
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 2341 N Delaware Drive, Mt. Bethel, PA 18343
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: Construction and renovation of the regional emergency shelter, including ADA-compliant bathrooms, new HVAC system, nursing rooms for new mothers, equipment and supplies for the shelter, and showers that can be used in hazardous chemical remediation by firefighters in the event of a chemical spill.
Nurture Nature Center
Project: CREATE Resilience Research and Community Learning Hub
Requested Amount: $140,000
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 518 Northampton Street Easton, PA 18042
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: An interdisciplinary, resiliency-focused hub for learning and improving local response to climate and weather-related hazards and environmental risks in the Lehigh Valley region, including youth leadership programs, information and resource exchange for municipal and institutional leaders, and public programming
Pocono Family YMCA
Project: Expansion and renovation project to modernize the 100-year-old facility
Requested Amount: $1,000,000
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 809 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: It will include a community gathering space, aquatic center improvements, a modern wellness center, inclusive locker rooms and family changing areas, expanded parking lot, and expanded childcare services.
Resurrected Community Development Corp/United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
Project: The James Lawson Freedom School
Requested Amount: $575,000
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 1110 American Parkway NE, Suite F-120, Allentown, PA 18109
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: Training, program fees, and equipment to help expand RCDC’s K-12 Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program from three to six sites in Summer 2022.
Valley Youth House
Project: Meeting the Mental Health Care Needs of At-Risk Children & Families in the Lehigh Valley
Requested Amount: $397,474
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 3400 High Point Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18017
Description and justification for use of taxpayer funds: Funds to rapidly develop and implement the evidence-based Functional Family Therapy through Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) program by providing in-home mental health services to young children and their families across the Lehigh Valley, saving an estimated $6 million in foster care-related social services spending every year.
Additional information about the criteria for Community Funded Projects can be found HERE.