State Senator Tommy Tomlinson has announced more than $2 million dollars in newly award state grants for Lower Bucks County. 

Senator Tomlinson.

“These grants provide a tremendous investment in our community, covering a wide variety of initiatives that will improve the quality of life for local residents,” Tomlinson said. “Each of these projects will not only support new jobs in the community, but will also ensure Bucks County remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

First, a new St. Mary Medical Center facility in Middletown will be the beneficiary of a $1.25 million dollar grant to help construct a new ambulatory building. The overall cost of the project is estimated at almost $4.4 million.

President and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center James Woodward is excited about opening  the new facility, with plans to complete construction in June of 2019.

“Through the creation of St. Mary Health — Feasterville, we will further enhance our mission to be a healing presence in the communities we serve by expanding our reach to more than 50,000 community members every year,” Woodward said. “Importantly, we are bringing more than 30 permanent, new jobs and many more construction jobs to this area.”

The new facility will include primary care practices, extended hours and walk-in capabilities as well as several specialty services like orthopedics, urology and cardiology according to Woodward. It will boast 40 exam rooms, a gym, lab, pharmacy, and imaging suite.

Jen Smeltz, a legislative assistant with Senator Tomlinson’s office, says this grant is especially important to Tomlinson.

“Senator Tomlinson has always been a longtime supporter of St. Mary’s and keeping the hospital in the community,” “He is pleased to support their growth and the community’s access to care with the expansion of these critical patient services.

Bensalem will also see the same amount go towards the extension of East Coast Greenway on State Road, as well as new network of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle routes.

Jen Smeltz spoke with WBCB to help explain the process for acquiring these grants.

“The entity interested in the grant will talk to the Senator about the project and make sure he’s familiar with it,” Smeltz said. “At that point, the Senator can designate projects he supports.”

The funds come as part of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, managed by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget. The RACP helps communities fund economic, cultural, and other projects important to help towns thrive.