Governor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business District
August 07, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state and local leaders today as his Jobs That Pay tour visited the Almono-Hazelwood Mill 19 redevelopment site, part of a massive revitalization of the largest remaining brownfield in Pittsburgh that has been made possible with significant state support, followed by a walking tour of the Hazelwood Business District.
“The transformation from brownfield to a new opportunity at Almono will be a shining example of how state government, working with the private sector, non-profits, foundations, higher education and community groups, can lead on rebuilding communities and creating better opportunities for working families,” said Governor Wolf. “Once complete, this project will establish a new standard for urban riverfront property creating jobs and opportunities through high-quality design and sustainability.”
The 178-acre LTC Steel Hazelwood site was purchased in 2002 by the Heinz Endowments, and the foundation of Richard King Melon, Benedum, and McCune. The project, named for the Allegheny, Ohio, Monongahela rivers, will transform the site into a vibrant job center with more than two million square feet of new office and research and development space.
The cavernous Mill building, formerly Mill 19, is a centerpiece of the redevelopment, with an energy efficient structure constructed within the shell of the former steel mill building to house future research and development for advanced additive manufacturing and robotics research.
“We are pleased to have Governor Wolf visit our site today, as we are preparing to launch one of the largest and most ambitious redevelopment projects in Pennsylvania,” said Don Smith, President of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC). “Our plan takes this Mill building which was the home of the last industrial revolution and positions it at the center of the next industrial revolution in robotics and manufacturing. Critical funding from the Commonwealth allows us to reclaim and remediate this vacant industrial landscape and restore the family and community sustaining jobs it once hosted.”
Redevelopment of the building is supported by a $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant, as well as investments through the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $5 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan and $562,500 from the Industrial Sites Reuse program.
Following the visit to the Mill building, Councilman O’Connor lead a tour of the Hazelwood Business District with stops at several businesses.
“Today’s tour is an opportunity to showcase the Hazelwood Business District and small business growth that has spurred from strategic collaboration between the public and private sectors,” said Councilman Corey O’Connor. “The redevelopment of the Almono site and the revitalization happening in the community have reignited excitement and hope throughout the community.”