Trail through Philly zoo and enhancements to libraries get funds from state

Library upgrades throughout Philadelphia and a new trail for zoo animals will be funded by the state's redevelopment assistance program, bringing total awards for area projects to $57.6 million as of Friday.

The Free Library of Philadelphia will receive $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds to support its 21st Century Libraries Initiative, a $57.9-million project to modernize its main branch and 49 neighborhood locations, according to a list posted to the state budget office's website. 

The Philadelphia Zoo, meanwhile, was granted $1 million to develop its African Plains Trail, a trail system designed to let animals range through the zoo in ways that resemble their behavior in the wild, according to the list.

Also included are a $2 million RACP grant to develop properties east of the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, and a $1.38 million grant to enhance Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Comprehensive Acute Rehabilitation Unit in Philadelphia.

The projects are among 32 to receive funds in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks Counties. No RACP grants have been awarded for Chester County projects as of Friday.

 The list covers projects for which a final decision has been made, with at least one more batch of award announcements likely, according to Jeffrey Sheridan, a spokesman for Gov. Wolf.

Earlier RACP award announcements covered funds for the Gallery at Market East renovation project and the proposed Rail Park north of Center City.

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