Davis applauds grant funding for development at former steel works

$500,000 awarded to Mon Valley manufacturing project

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is happy to announce today that the City Center of Duquesne Redevelopment project has been selected to receive a $500,000 state grant to assist in the continued redevelopment of the former U.S. Steel site.

“This grant means so much to the city of Duquesne in terms of employment, along with economic and regional redevelopment,” Davis said. “Turning our former steel works plant into a viable 21st century industrial facility that will provide jobs for 100 or more area residents is great news for the Mon Valley.”

Funding from the grant will be used to conduct site preparation work for the eventual construction of a new 320,000 square-foot manufacturing center that will employ 100 or more workers. Site work includes the removal of slag and unsuitable soil, the demolition of former steel mill foundations and the extension of utility infrastructure.

The project is the latest at the 240-acre former Duquesne Steel Works, which closed in 1982 and is now owned by the Pittsburgh-based Regional Industrial Development Corp. Over the last 20 years RIDC has completed several successful projects adapting the site for reuse as a business park. Dura-Bond, American Textile and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank are among the 15 companies in the park, which together employ nearly 700 people.

The grant was made available through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which supports critical expansion projects across Pennsylvania, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

Davis noted the governor’s commitment to creating family-sustaining jobs, and thanked him for funding the project, which will lead to greater economic development in the Mon Valley.