$10 Million Federal Grant Awarded for Carrie Furnace Site
(01/02/2012) - The United States Department of Transportation on December 12, 2011 approved a $10 million grant to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC) to improve transportation links to the 130 acre Carrie Furnace site. The funds are to be utilized to build a flyover ramp to connect the site to Rankin Boulevard in Rankin and to allow a connection between the "Hot Metal Bridge" that crosses the Monongahela River to Munhall. This announcement follows on the release of $5 million of Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program funding for the site by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
RAAC purchased the site for $5.75 million and has been preparing it for development.
EZCB President and Rankin Councilman William Pfoff said "The Carrie Furnace Steering Committee representing officials from Rankin and Swissvale Boroughs, the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, Woodland Hills School District, the Enterprise Zone and others have worked with Allegheny County officials and staff for over ten (10) years on redevelopment plans and strategies. This is a key moment in the site redevelopment. With this funding we will have direct, first-class access connecting the site to local communities. Our thanks to Senator Robert Casey, Congressman Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Director Dan Onorato and County staff for their hard work and strong support of the redevelopment project".
The plan for the site is for industrial, commercial, recreational and residential facilities.
For more information, click on the pdf page below which is from the U.S. Department of Transporation's website.