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Subject: 021 RACP Grant Application – Support Letter for A World So Special, Inc.,
Ref: Web Application Id: 8688783 / Single Application ID: 202103309309
Dear Honorable Governor Tom Wolf:
On behalf of A World So Special, Inc., I am pleased to write this letter of support for Mr. Ola Solanke’s 2021 RACP Round application, referenced above. As you are likely aware, this project is supported by and received a $1MM grant award from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in December 2020. The Commonwealth made this commitment to the project based on the opportunity to further assist in improving economic outcomes for moribund neighborhoods, bringing much-needed business services and resources, new jobs, and breathing life into a much-overlooked area burgeoning with opportunities.
Mr. Solanke is now applying for an additional $1,000,000 to make up for the un-awarded $800,000 of his 2020 RACP round application plus construction cost increase of $200,000, for a total of $1,000,000 of additional RACP funding from the 2021 RACP round. This consideration is much needed to address the rising costs of Steel, and the developers shift from using legacy energy to deciding on the use of green energy to bring the project to fruition and with LEED Certification. LEED should be achievable but will add soft costs to the project, including the need for a Commissioning Agent and the expense of compiling and certifying LEED efforts.
Mr. Solanke would like to fold in innovative components that allow the project to shift from legacy to green energy. The LEED Certification initiatives that are being identified so far for the project are incongruent with City, State, & Federal preferences for a project of this type that relies on public and private funds for completion. Moreover, as many look to life returning to normal, identifying efficient hybrid models for the live-arts and performance entertainment offerings of the project is also critical to future growth. Mr. Solanke wants to ensure that the integrated indoor & outdoor (Hybrid) entertainment offerings of the project are social-distancing proof and to limit the adverse impact of a government shutdown in the event of another outbreak.
I hope that your admirable office will give due consideration to the project and grant the additional funding needed to make it happen.
If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call me; I can be reached at (xxx) xxx-
Designing parking lot to double for drive-in entertainment and with a mindset that can easily switch from physical to virtual places and with emphasis to rigout the lot (before it is paved) with "plug and play" technologies to support the use of AV, VR, AR, AI and Robotics (Audio Visual, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics) – all of which are geared towards personalization in meaning, technology, storytelling, and community building.