Wolf Administration Announces New Multi-Year Redevelopment Project in McKeesport

McKeesport, PA – Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin was joined by Senator Jim Brewster and McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko today to announce a new six-year redevelopment strategy approved for the city through DCED’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).

“The Neighborhood Assistance funding will not only help to improve McKeesport but also transform its economic development for many years to come,” said Sec. Davin. “This project will heighten awareness of blight and infrastructure problems, motivate people and jobs to come to the area, and acknowledge public safety concerns.”

Announced by Governor Tom Wolf last month, this project will support $3 million in improvements to housing, downtown development, and tourism and recreation. McKees Point Development Group (MPDG), in collaboration with Rebuilding Together-Pittsburgh (RTP), will renovate 20 houses in McKeesport, increasing energy efficiency, creating jobs, and allowing low-income homeowners to stay in their homes. Additionally, the project will include the renovation of 20 owner-occupied homes and rehabilitation of five others for resale. In conjunction with the city, MPDG will acquire and demolish blighted downtown commercial properties and renovate the Penn-McKee Hotel. As part of the NAP, capital funding will be provided by four corporate partners: Duquesne Light, First Commonwealth Bank, Noble Energy, and UPMC.

This redevelopment will be part of the McKeesport Rising Project created by Mayor Michael Cherepko in 2018, a plan to reduce blight, improve roads, reinforce safety, and boost the local economy.

“We are extremely grateful to receive this funding over the next six years,” said Mayor Cherepko. “I truly appreciate all of our funders for taking part in this NPP and allowing for another phase of the McKeesport Rising Project, which already has made significant improvements in infrastructure, economic development, and public safety. This program will continue our efforts to improve downtown McKeesport, attract businesses, preserve our neighborhoods, and encourage homeownership.”

“I would like to thank the Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin for providing this funding to the City of McKeesport through the Neighborhood Assistance Program and the Neighborhood Partnership Program,” said Senator Jim Brewster. “DCED has been a great help to McKeesport over the years by supporting community economic development initiatives and investment opportunities for businesses to improve the quality of life for residents. The collaboration between the city and DCED and the long-term business relationships that have resulted have improved the quality of life in McKeesport tremendously.

“For years we’ve heard about disinvestment in our Mon Valley, and that’s this $3 million announcement is so significant,” said Representatives Austin Davis. Today, we’re able to say to the region, the business community, and most importantly, the residents of McKeesport that investment here is back. The commonwealth, along with its partners, is saying loudly and clearly, ‘Come to McKeesport, It’s worth it’.”

NAP encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems. NAP can be used for projects in categories including affordable housing, community service, crime prevention, education, job training, charitable food, blight, special population issues, veterans’ initiatives, and long-term revitalization.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132

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