A redevelopment effort of the P & LE Railroad site in McKees Rocks has been awarded over $4 million in additional funding. A combination of grants and loans, these funds will allow for additional property acquisition, site preparation, and construction of a storm water management system that is part of a the public-private partnership.
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and State Senator Wayne Fontana announced the award on Monday. In his statement, Fitzgerald praised public officials and developer Trinity Commercial Development, LLC, for their cooperation.
“Not only does this project reclaim a former brownfield site, it is also expected to generate approximately 1,172 new jobs in the community,” Fitzgerald said. “This will be a great boon to McKees Rocks and the surrounding community.”
McKees Rocks Borough was awarded a $984,795 Penn Works grant for construction of the storm water management system it is building in partnership with Trinity Commercial. And Greenville Commercial Properties, LP, a subsidiary of Trintiy Commercial, was awarded a $3,139,500 Business In Our Sites loan through the Commonwealth Finance Authority.
Craig Rippole, president of Trinity Commercial Development, says this development would never have been possible without the help of so many government agencies.
"It's a case study in inter-governmental cooperation," Rippole says. "Everybody played their role to get us this far."
Last summer, the project was awarded a $600,000 environmental assessment grant from the EPA in order to assist with brownfield remediation efforts.
Trinity Commercial plans to create a flex business park on the site, with new construction and adaptive reuse of existing structures. With the newly awarded funds, the developer plans to acquire three adjacent parcels, bringing the total development site to 52 acres.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Aime Downs, Allegheny County; Craig Rippole, Trinity Commercial Development, LLC