It has been a great week for the Almono development. On Wednesday, the Almono partnership welcomed Governor Corbett to the site in order to announce $10 million in state grants for the redevelopment of the 178-acre urban brownfield in Hazelwood. The funding package included a $5 million grant from the Economic Growth Initiative and $5 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Senator Jay Costa and Representative Jake Wheatley were also instrumental in securing the funds for the project. The funding will be used to develop the Phase 1 infrastructure, which includes a new road & utilities, as well as some off-site transportation improvements. The Phase 1 on-site infrastructure project could be ready to bid in as early as 6 weeks. The road will include two driving lanes, parking lanes, sidewalks, a cycle track, and stormwater BMPs.
On Thursday, RIDC held a public community meeting to update residents and other stakeholders on the progress, to show plans, and to celebrate. Over 90 people attended the meeting and had the chance to talk with staff about phase 1 infrastructure, regional transportation issues, development of the Mill District, and workforce opportunities.
The meeting showcased what is best about Hazelwood. Elite Treats & Specialty Eats, a company run by a Hazelwood couple provided the food. Forward Lithography, a Hazelwood company on Second Ave produced the flyers and posters. Hazelwood Initiative mailed flyers and went door-to-door telling neighbors about the event, and two Hazelwood leaders Saundra Cole and Michael Wilson helped coordinate the discussion on workforce opportunities. Attendees were engaged and supportive of the progress and excited to see the developments coming in the next couple of years.