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The Zone is a hotbed of development activity by both public and private sectors.

EZCB staff and Board members are deeply involved in major projects that affect Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale, working to help ensure that opportunities are made available locally, and that the local environment for both business and daily life is enhanced.

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Swissvale Central Business District Development Plan
The EZCB has been involved with Swissvale Borough's Economic Development Advisory Committee, which has been working with Klavon Design Associates on a plan for Washington Street in the central business district. CDBG grant funds from Allegheny County assisted the project. The EZCB assisted Swissvale Borough in securing a Streetscape Perspective Sketch from Klavon Design. The project was initiated in the Spring of 2013.

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Braddock Avenue Market Restoration Study 2012

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Carrie Furnace Site
Allegheny County's Department of Economic Development is launching a major redevelopment effort that will transform 250 acres of riverfront property in Swissvale, Rankin, Braddock, and North Braddock into a showplace and a major economic development engine for the area. Among the uses being strongly considered are the Steel Industry National Historic park (a $75 million project that could create 400 permanent jobs and generate about $25 million annually in tourism revenue); redevelopment and construction of housing; light industrial and office areas; a marina and other recreational opportunities; parklike open space; and an intermodal transportation center that would take advantage of the site's access by river, rail, light rail, bus, and automobile.

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Braddock's Battlefield History Center - War for Empire Visitors Center
More than 250 years ago, the Battle of Braddock's Field was a turning point in the French and Indian War, setting the stage for the American Revolution and the rise of George Washington. The Braddock's Field Historical Society is restoring part of Braddock's Field to its 1755 appearance and has established a visitor's center, the Braddock's Battlefield History Center at 609 Sixth Street, North Braddock. The restoration and center have the potential to become a significant tourist attraction, and the impetus for spin-off development.

The Braddock's Battlefield History Center is open Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and by appointment. For an appointment or more information call 412-271-0800 or 412-651-1793. Admission for adults is $5.00 and $2.50 for children from 7 to 15.

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Braddock Redevelopment Site Available
Allegheny County's Redevelopment Authority (RAAC)has certified a 5.85-acre area in central Braddock as eligible for special redevelopment assistance, including tax-based incentives and various funding mechanisms. The area,which contains 65 parcels of land, is owned by RAAC.

Physical features of the property are as follows:

-Flat, shovel ready 5.85 acres
-environmentally clean
-all utilities available at site borders
-mixed residential and industrial zone
-one block from Monongahela River

The EZCB can streamline access to state and county funding and can assist in loan packaging:

Funding sources:

-Up to $500,000 in State tax credits
-$150,000+ EZCB loan at 3%
-Additional low-interest loans
-PA Energy Fund

Call the EZCB at 412-371-6380 for more information, or call Pat Earley at RAAC at 412-350-1061.

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Housing
When the steel and coal industries faltered, many workers and their families left the Mon Valley's communities, and the housing stock declined. Today, as local jobs are created, more workers are choosing to live in these communities, and attractive, energy-efficient new homes are being built for them, often under the auspices of nonprofit organizations such as Braddock-based Heritage Community Initiatives and the Mon Valley Initiative. Special financing and home ownership coaching help make many of the new homes available to lower-income families.

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Braddock Lock and Dam
Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has invested $705 million in upgrades to ease navigation and provide flood control on the Monongahela River—and by 2010, 32.8 million tons of commerce is expected to pass through one or more of the locks in this system each year. The upgrades included an engineering history-making event: on July 26, 2001, the new Braddock Dam was floated 27 miles through a series of locks down the Ohio and Mon Rivers to its permanent site near Braddock, just past the USS Edgar Thomson Works entrance. That was no mean feat: the dam is an 11,000-ton slab of concrete 333 feet long, 104 feet wide, and 60 feet wide.

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