Harrisburg, December 22, 2017  − Three organizations in Reading will receive a total of $2.25 million in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to revitalization the city and improve educational opportunities for students and the community at large.

Gov. Tom Wolf today approved Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants for:

  • Berks County Convention Center Authority, Expansion of Santander Arena, $1.5 million;
  • Reading, Alvernia University, Recreation, Wellness and Health Science Complex, $500,000;
  • Reading, Albright College, Albright College Track & Field Facility, $250,000.

The monies will help the Convention Center Authority expand the Santander Arena by adding approximately 22,000 square feet of complementary and contiguous food and beverage, entertainment, meeting and support space. And will help Alvernia University community access to campus and Angelica Park, and Albright College prepare for a new track and field venue. 

“These organizations are key economic and educational institutions in Reading,” Schwank said. “I am pleased by Gov. Wolf’s announcement and was more than happy to advocate for these projects.”