Speakman Place Award of Merit

Speakman Place, a new homeownership community located in North East Wilmington, has recently been recognized for its excellence.

In July 2008, this program was recognized by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for its excellence in innovation in housing and community development and received the prestigious Award of Merit. Cornerstone West has been notified that Speakman Place is one of 20 projects throughout the country nominated for the coveted Award of Excellence. This is one of the highest accolades that recognizes outstanding innovation and achievement in housing and community development programs throughout the country.

More information regarding Speakman Place, and REPSG’s involvement, is available in our case studies section and on our news page.

To learn more about Speakman Place, please visit Cornerstone West’s website.

Pennsylvania Grant Money Available to Tank Owners

Pennsylvania has established an Underground Storage Tank (UST) Heating Oil Clean Up Program. This grant program was created to assist tank owners with cleanup costs incurred as a result of heating oil releases from underground tanks with a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less.

Owners of USTs with a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less, who have a confirmed heating oil spill, should contact colewiler@state.pa.us . For your convenience, REPSG has made the grant application (revised July 2008) available for download here.

The Underground Storage Tank Heating Oil Clean Up Program has been designed as a reimbursement program. Tank owners are responsible for the first $1,000 in cleanup costs, but the Program will reimburse the owner for the remaining eligible costs, up to a total reimbursement of $4,000.

It should be noted that heating oil USTs located within basements have been specifically excluded from this program. The program is also not limited to private homeowners, but is also available to commercial entities.

There are several additional eligibility requirements, as well as ineligible costs. For that reason, it is important to hire a contractor who knows the environmental rules and regulations and can assist with determining eligible expenses and provide sufficient documentation.