UPDATE: Readers have been flooding my box with complaints about the cost, the lack of public scrutiny. But the projects' many supporters ask: If these projects aren't started, what projects will get built in Pennsylvania this year?
EARLIER: The lame-duck administration of PA Gov. Ed Rendell today listed the final round of General Assembly-approved Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) giveaways to developers and nonprofits distributed all over the state, from Pittsburgh and Erie to Philadelphia and its suburbs, with plenty of projects in small cities and rural counties in between.
These projects will be funded from the state's recent $600 million bond issue, and from expected future bond sales under new Gov. Tom Corbett, says Rendell spokesman Gary Tuma, who called them "investments" in the Commonwealth's economic development. (He notes that, per person, Philadelphia ranked around the middle among the 67 Pennsylvania counties, for per-capital spending "during the Rendell Administration.")
Here's some of the larger projects in the suburbs, and links to the statewide lists, which includes smaller suburban projects as well as larger ones in Philly:
$6 million for River Station at Downingtown
$5 million for renovations at the Cheltenham Shop-Rite
$2 million for St. Mary's Medical Center, Langhorne
$5 million for the Lansdowne Theatre and Central Business District
$4 million for Springfield Road Plaza and Plaza II in Delco
$3 million for a Widener University Academic Facility in Chester
$2 million for the Valley Forge Corporate Center "revitalization"
$2 million for Godiva factory in Bucks County
$2 million each for township athletic facilities in Darby and Lower Makefield
$2 million for the developers of the former Franklin Mint site in Delaware County
Two suburban projects not on the current list: millions the General Assembly approved for developer Dennis Maloomian's Village of Valley Forge shopping center proposal, and for developer Albert "Moose" Greenfield's Valhalla luxury housing development in in Wallace Township, Chester County. Greenfield declined to comment.