, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based railway transportation conglomerate which owns and operates some 21,000 miles of railroad in the Eastern United States, will build an intermodal facility in McKees Rocks.
The facility, which will be located at the site of the former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Yard
, will allow manufacturers in the region more direct access to freight rail, as well as reduce transit costs associated with shipping various products to the region.
“The manufacturing businesses and infrastructure that were built around it 100 years ago are all still in place,” says Taris Vrcek, executive director of the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation
. “It fits nicely and it’s directly adjacent to the industrial park we’ve been building.”
The $50 million facility, one of nearly 48 CSX controls nationwide, will occupy some 70 acres and ultimately bring multiple hundreds of jobs to the area. Construction will begin in 2015, with the aim of the intermodal facility opening the following year.
“This kind of impact is even more compelling if you think about how compact lower McKees Rocks is. This facility is going to attract other businesses that want to be near it,” Vrcek says. “The portion of land CSX is going to occupy is kind of narrow, and really doesn’t lend itself to anything else.”
Vrcek added that the eventual impact the facility could have on McKees Rocks could be immeasurable, citing projected positive effects on the area’s Main Street Project
and entertainment district, on top of the adjacent 50-acre industrial park which will be ready for construction next year.
“We really feel like we’re creating this mix of old and new Pittsburgh,” he says. “It builds that snowball effect. The prospects for success here are becoming more and more solid.”
Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Taris Vrcek