Developers sought for Brownsville revitalization

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BROWNSVILLE – Fayette County is accepting proposals from developers interested in contributing to the revitalization of a string of rundown buildings it owns in historic downtown Brownsville, including the five-story Union Station, the former headquarters of Monongahela Railway.


Andrew P. French, executive director of the Redevelopment Authority of Fayette County, has said the brick building on Market Street in a section of Brownsville known as The Neck, offers the best opportunity for a reuse plan.


The county has taken ownership of 28 blighted properties in the Mon Valley borough from a developer who abandoned them when a proposal to use them for a shopping district alongside riverboat gambling sites never came to fruition.


French said a 2012 study conducted by the National Road Heritage Corridor and others concluded the historic district is well-positioned for development.


A list of the properties, financial estimates for their restorations and documents needed to submit requests for proposals can be found at www.racfpa.org.


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