Today, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA14) announced that the Carrie Furnace Redevelopment site is the recipient of a $10 million grant through the Department of Transportation's TIGER program. The project, totaling 168 acres over 5 municipalities, will bring in unprecedented economic growth in the Monongahela River Valley region of Allegheny Country.
"I'm thrilled to announce this decision as I have been working with the administration to fund this critical project for some time now," Congressman Doyle observed. "This project exemplifies innovation and demonstrates a true understanding of the importance of public and private partnerships in the region, both vital criteria for TIGER grants, as demonstrated by the dedicated local and state monies to this project. The construction of such a flyover will allow for unparalleled access to the site, utilizing a holistic approach to address issues pertaining to safety and the utilization of existing infrastructure."
The $10 million dollar award will go towards the construction of a flyover bridge linking the site to the recently rehabilitated Rankin Bridge. The Carrie Furnace Redevelopment site represents a large-scale priority redevelopment project that will not only have significant economic redevelopment impact to the struggling communities of the Mon Valley but will also transform Carrie Furnace into a hub of activity that will connect these communities and allow residents to live, work, invest, play, and learn within the adjacent riverfront and urban areas. Overall, estimates are that the site can accommodate upwards of 1,000 permanent new jobs through the development of a completely LEED-certified flex-office/light industrial park with complete build-out taking between 5 -- 7 years.
"This grant is great news for Allegheny County and even better news for the communities around the Carrie Furnace site," said Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive Elect. "Allegheny County has invested a great deal of time, effort and money in this project because of its importance to the Mon Valley. This award allows us to provide full access to the site and opens up even more opportunities for this redevelopment. I am grateful to Congressman Doyle, Senator Casey and all of our federal representatives for their continued support for and advocacy of this project and their understanding of its importance to our region."
"Since Allegheny County purchased the Carrie Furnace site in 2005, we have worked tirelessly with our partners to clean and clear the property and create a sustainable redevelopment plan that would return it to viable commercial, residential and recreational uses," said outgoing Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. "The last piece of the puzzle was funding to connect the site to the recently renovated Rankin Bridge. Thanks to the hard work of Senator Casey and Congressman Doyle, we now have the final funding to make that connection a reality, and we are on the verge of transforming one of the largest remaining former industrial sites in Allegheny County."
Owned by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC), recent work at the site includes the installation of a storm-water line spanning the entire site as well as extending a new waterline to service the property. Previous work completed by RAAC included underground vault excavation and site remediation and sanitary sewer work.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census as well as site maps of the region, nine communities will be directly impacted by these projects. These communities total over 375,000 with nearly 23% living below the national poverty line and a median household income of $25,970.44 (national median household income for 1999 -- $41,994). Combined, these projects will not only create livable wage jobs for the residents of this area but will allow for smart transportation alternatives through the proposed commuter passageways as well as expanded access to the Port Authority of Allegheny County's East Busway, which terminates just above the Carrie Furnace site and has a daily ridership of 25,000 area residents per day.