Starpointe to receive $1.5M grant

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Starpointe Business Park has been awarded a $1.5 million state grant for expansion of parcel sizes in the park.


The grant, announced Tuesday by state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, and state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, will go toward the $13.5 million Phase 1B, intended to create larger parcels than the first phase of the development.


Sitting atop former mine property, the 1,100-acre Starpointe park is the largest “brownfield” redevelopment project in Southwestern Pennsylvania and is expected to provide as many as 6,000 jobs upon completion.


Starpointe’s Phase 1B will create larger parcels covering from 10 to 39 acres. The first 10-acre parcel is the site of a 68,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for Hörmann Flexon, a German- based manufacturer of commercial and industrial garage doors.


The company began construction last summer, and expects to complete the first phase of a planned three-phase plant by this summer.


“With the addition of larger parcels we can offer to a broader spectrum of manufacturing companies,” said Dan Reitz, executive director of the Washington County Council on Economic Development, which is in charge of the development that is in Smith and Hanover townships.


“More European manufacturers are looking at Starpointe for a North American hub due to our proximity to Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.”


Half of the sites in the first phase of the Starpointe project have been developed with an average of nearly five jobs per acre, and an average hourly wage of $17.47.


With 100 saleable acres in the next phase, economic development officials predict 500 additional jobs, with the first 65 coming in the first year, with the sale and buildout of the remaining sites over the following four years.


“To get state support you have to prove you can create jobs,” Solobay said. “The Washington County commissioners and the Washington County Council on Economic Development have put together a strong project with proven results.”


The Phase 1B parcel expansions have been under construction since last year, and are expected to be completed by spring.


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