|Contact:||Amie M. Downs, County|
PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and State Senator Wayne D. Fontana announced the award of over $4 million in grants and loans to a development at the former P & LE Railroad site in McKees Rocks. The funds will allow for additional property acquisition, site preparation and construction of a storm water management system as part of a the public-private partnership.
“This funding, and this project, has come to fruition because of the cooperation between the developer and local, county, state and federal officials,” said Fitzgerald. “Not only does this project reclaim a former brownfield site, it is also expected to generate approximately 1,172 new jobs in the community. This will be a great boon to McKees Rocks and the surrounding community.”
The Commonwealth Finance Authority awarded a $3,139,500 Business In Our Sites loan to Greenville Commercial Properties, LP and its meeting last week. Additionally, McKees Rocks Borough was awarded a $984,795 PennWorks grant.
“I am proud to have been a partner with the developer and the borough in the reclamation of this property,” Fontana said. “There was strong support for this project in the community because this redevelopment is a key component in the revitalization efforts of the borough. At full build-out, the flex-space/industrial business park will accommodate light-industrial, office, technology and distribution businesses – opportunities which will bring new development to the borough.”
Craig Rippole, President of Trinity Commercial Development, LLC, has been a driving force behind this project. He grew up in Stowe and graduated from Sto-Rox High School, before turning to commercial developments throughout Pennsylvania. “It’s a good feeling to do something so positive for your hometown,” said Rippole. “This was truly a joint effort and I am proud to be part of it. From the mayor, borough council and the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, to the local, county, state and federal officials who have supported this project, everyone has focused on doing what it takes to bring new business into the community.”
Prior to this award, the P&LE Railroad project also received a $600,000 environmental assessment grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, a state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant and county funds from the Community Infrastructure and Transportation Funding program. The most recent funding will be used to acquire three parcels to bring the entire development site to 52 acres. It will provide 385,474 square feet of new construction and 75,896 square feet of reused rehabilitative space.
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