Micozzie Applauds Governor’s Denial of Grant Funding for Development of Mall along Springfield Road
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Nick Micozzie (R-Delaware) today announced that Gov. Tom Corbett has denied the award of a multi-million dollar state grant that would have been used to construct a mall along Springfield Road in Darby at a property known as Little Flower.
“I conducted a town meeting in June last year, at which time I voiced my opposition to proposed construction by a New Jersey developer of a mall at the beautiful Little Flower property on Springfield Road,” said Micozzie. “I also outlined reasons why the mall proposal is being opposed by Upper Darby Mayor Tom Micozzie, Second District Councilman John Rankin, Aldan Mayor Jim Hopely and Aldan Council President Harry Short.”
Micozzie said the proposed plan specifically called for the construction of commercial buildings on the 35-acre site in the Borough of Darby.
“I personally delivered a petition opposing the development of the property signed by area residents, along with a cover letter, directly to the governor,” said Micozzie. “The cover letter and petition urged the governor not to approve and/or support the proposed project and not to execute a contract with the Borough of Darby and/or a developer from New Jersey for a $4 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant, which would trigger an additional $4 million in local matching assets.”
RACP is a Commonwealth matching grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.
“Although the denial of RACP funding is great news, it does not necessarily assure the developer will abandon his efforts to construct something at this beautiful site or that another developer won’t propose the same type of construction,” said Micozzie. “That is why I am holding a town meeting next month. I want to further discuss the governor’s denial letter, as well as the future use of the Little Flower property.”
Micozzie has scheduled a town meeting for Monday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Aldan Elementary School on Providence Road in Aldan Borough. If anyone has any questions, they are encouraged to contact his office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (610) 259-2820.
State Representative Nicholas Micozzie
163rd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Tricia Lehman