Local redevelopment efforts receive $3.7 million state boost

Two Beaver County projects were awarded Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $3.7 million today (December 23), according to Senator Elder Vogel.

Aliquippa Tin Mill, L.P. received $3 million toward the redevelopment of the former J&L Steel Corporation’s tin mill in Aliquippa. The Beaver Area Heritage Foundation (BAHF) received $700,000 toward the comprehensive rehabilitation and restoration of the former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE) passenger station in Beaver Borough.

The local grants were two of several announced by Governor Corbett. Senator Vogel strongly supported both applications for the state funding.

Aliquippa Tin Mill proposes to construct infrastructure at the site in order to accommodate the build out of a manufacturing facility associated with the petrochemical industry.  The project is anticipated to result in the creation of 50 new jobs in the petrochemical industry.

“The project will transform a brownfield site into an area that can readily accommodate manufacturing, storage and transportation,” said Senator Vogel.  “It will also have a regional impact as it is consistent with the Commonwealth’s effort to re-industrialize Pennsylvania, in part, by establishing facilities and opportunities associated with the petrochemical industry. This will bring new jobs to an area struggling with a substantial unemployment rate.”

The Beaver Station project will restore the circa 1897 Romanesque station to its original, beautiful external appearance and complete an attractively landscaped 3-acre campus now containing two other BAHF-owned historic properties and tourist attractions.

“Beaver Station is an iconic, key contributing property in Beaver Borough’s nationally designated Historic District,” Senator Vogel said. “This financial support from RACP will help return Beaver Station to a position where it can be a vital part of the community as a historic site, a tourist attraction, and a multipurpose meeting and event space that can be used for arts classes and displays, musical performances, corporate and cultural events or any manner of appropriate public and private gatherings.”


Joe Weidner
(724) 774-0444

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