Throughout its history, RIDC has developed thousands of acres of land for use by new companies. Whether it is a greenfield development that needs roads, utilities, and stormwater or a brownfield development that needs demolition, remediation, redevelopment, and improved infrastructure, RIDC has a wide range of experience in some of the most challenging regional development projects.
Our first park development project was 50 years ago, but we are still using that experience to inform planned development today. While some of the planning or architecture styles may have changed, the process of developing a high-quality plan, and constructing critical infrastructure and catalytic buildings is the same.
RIDC Industrial ParkThe RIDC Industrial Park in O'Hara was one of the first planned business park in the region and in the country. RIDC acquired the 700-acre former Workforce Farm from Allegheny County in 1963 and started planning for its development. RIDC created development standards to maintain a high-level of construction in the park, planned and constructed critical infrastructure, built some of the first catalytic buildings in the park, and advocated for regional transportation improvements which came in the way of Route 28 extension. After 50 years since it was first conceived, the RIDC Industrial Park, the first project of the RIDC organization, remains a significant regional jobs center with over 150 companies.
In 2002, four regional foundations partnered with RIDC to form ALMONO, in order to acquire and set the stage for development of an important riverfront property in the City of Pittsburgh. The former J&L, then LTV Steel, Coke Works was envisioned to be a redeveloped regional asset. RIDC facilitated a community-based visioning process for a plan for the site and subsequent rezoning. RIDC is managing land development efforts for ALMONO, such as site grading, infrastructure planning and construction as well as planning for catalytic building construction.