The Delaware River Port Authority voted today to give $11 million to six controversial development projects in Camden and Philadelphia, including $3.5 million for a President's House memorial near Independence Hall.
After hearing from area residents who supported the projects and commuters opposed to spending bridge toll revenues on them, the DRPA board approved the plan, with one dissenting vote.
Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner, a member of the board, was the only "no" vote. Wagner's representative said he favored the projects but disagreed with using toll revenue to pay for them.
Approved was $3.5 million for the President's House memorial at Sixth and Market Streets and $2.5 million for a restaurant on Franklin Square and for the Lights of Liberty show, all in Philadelphia, and these projects in Camden: $1.5 million for a proposed medical school, $1.5 million for infrastructure improvements along Admiral Wilson Boulevard, and $2 million for demolition of an office building and associated improvements.