Submitted by Alicia Henry, Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation
After sitting dormant for over three decades, site work will begin at the beginning of June at the former Jeanette Glass Site.
The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) gained ownership of the blighted property in August 2016. Since that time, the WCIDC secured the property and had it assessed for environmental hazards. Now the site is ready for demolition and environmental remediation. This phase of the project is expected to take six months and will eliminate the significant health and safety risk the site currently presents to the nearby residents. In April, the WCIDC was awarded $960,300 in Industrial Site Reuse Program (ISRP) grant funding which will be used to support these cleanup activities.
The WCIDC will continue with redevelopment work over the next two years, preparing the 13.2-acre site for reuse. The next phase will consist of site excavation, infrastructure improvements and building a road. The WCIDC has applied for $2,224,396 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant funding to help support this phase of the project. Overall, this redevelopment project will have a catalytic impact on the downtown area and City of Jeannette’s revitalization process.