Rosemont College Awarded $1.5 Million in RACP Funds
Rosemont College has been awarded $1.5 million through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.
The RACP funding was awarded to the College to complete the expansion of Cardinal Hall to create its new Community Center for use by students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. The Community Center will be open and operational in mid-November 2019.
The College has a long history of inviting the community onto its campus for lectures by notable speakers, The Forum (non-credit courses for adults), art exhibits, and events hosted by numerous community groups, civic organizations, clubs, and non-profit groups.
The College estimates that the new Community Center will increase its outreach to the local community by 30%. The Sr. Mary George O’Reilly, SHCJ Community Room, a large multi-purpose space of over 4,000 square feet within the Community Center, will be suitable space for hosting a 400 person lecture, a 250 person seated dinner, and other large scale events. In addition, five smart classrooms, an expanded dining area, a new bookstore, and many gathering and study spaces will enhance the experience of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus.
In a letter to the College community announcing the award, President Sharon Hirsh wrote, “I know you share my gratitude to Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Pat Browne, Representative Stan Saylor, Representative Matt Bradford, and the College’s legislators, Representative Tim Briggs and Senator Daylin Leach, as well as Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence for making this funding possible for Rosemont College and all those who experience the POWER of small on our campus through the new Community Center whether for years as a member of the College community or as our guest for a day.”