Allenport industrial site receives $3M redevelopment grant
A view of the site of Mon River Industrial Park
Plans to redevelop the site of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Allenport plant received a $3 million boost this week in the form of a state grant.
Mon River Partners and Mon River Industrial Group, developers of Mon River Industrial Park, were awarded the grant through the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program.
The grant was announced in a news release from state Sens. Richard Kasunic, D-Dunbar, and Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, along with state Rep. Pete Daley, D-California.
The 400-acre, 896,000-square foot park, idle since 2008, was purchased in 2012 for $6 million by Mon River Industrial Group, a partnership formed by Louis Ruscitto of Peters Township. The group announced plans to convert the site to a modern industrial park.
“This grant is a tremendous boost to an important project, as well as a sign that state officials see the new economy of the Mon Valley as worthy of investment,” Solobay said.
“Pennsylvania is dotted with idle industrial sites that need attention and redevelopment assistance,” Kasunic said. “For this project to stand out took a strong public-private partnership that will pay off in terms of jobs and economic activity.”
The grant will pay for multi-modal transportation infrastructure improvements at the site, as well as preparing existing buildings for modern manufacturing.
“The goal is to bring back business and industry to this prime site, and the grant puts some big-time muscle behind those efforts,” Daley said. “The Mon Valley is retooling and gearing up for better times.”
One of Washington County’s largest industrial sites, Mon River Industrial Park began being marketed nationally in July to potential industrial tenants by one of the country’s largest commercial real estate firms, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.
Mon River Industrial Group also worked with the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County to have the site designated as a Keystone Opportunity Zone, enabling qualifying businesses that locate there to receive breaks for a number of years on sales, personal income, capital stock franchise and mercantile license taxes.
In late November, a $588,000 state grant was announced to help the Mid Mon Valley Water Pollution Control Authority build a new pump station between the industrial park site and the sewage treatment plant.