Clairton redevelopment project, fueled by state tax credits, begins
HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – Today, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the Clairton Inn Project in downtown Clairton.
The event took place at the corner of Miller and St. Clair avenues, where a proposed mixed-use redevelopment site will transform the majority of a block into a vibrant center full of apartments and retail space. Davis said it will be one of the biggest non-industrial investments in Clairton in modern times.
Davis, who played an instrumental role in securing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency so that this project could become a reality, said he was elated Friday to finally see the redevelopment initiative underway.
“Residents in Clairton not only want, but most definitely deserve, a revitalization project of this magnitude,” Davis said. “Once complete, downtown Clairton will offer and provide a mix of opportunities for everyone. I’m just grateful I had a chance to take part in a project that will positively impact the lives of residents living in our community.”
Specifically, Davis said the redevelopment of the key “main street” block at the corner of Miller and St. Clair avenues will provide needed affordable housing and opportunities for new and established businesses, including a new potential home for the Clairton Public Library.
Mon Valley Initiative, a nonprofit community housing development organization, is one of the partners in the Clairton Inn project. Last year, MVI presented Davis with its Senator H. John Heinz III Award for Community Service for his behind-the-scenes efforts to obtain the tax-credit financing for the development. Laura R. Zinski, MVI chief executive officer, said the organization was grateful to Davis and other state officials for their assistance.
“We are looking forward to being part of this new chapter in Clairton’s development. We appreciate all of the partners who have come together to support this important project and who are sticking with it, even through the delays and challenges due to COVID-19,” Zinski said.
Clairton Mayor Rich Lattanzi added, “As mayor of the City of Clairton since 2010, the future of Clairton looks bright. I’d like to personally thank Representative Davis for going out of his way to secure the much-needed tax credits for this project. With his help, we were able to provide residents with a project of this magnitude, which surely will make quite a difference in our community.”