McKeesport City Council has approved a request from W&E Investments LLC to use the former McKeesport Connecting Railroad roundhouse for temporary storage of oil and lubricants used by U.S. Steel plants in the area.The roundhouse, built in 1906, was used by the railroad for repair of locomotives and other equipment until 1987.
W&E Investments is a project of Cliff Wise, chair of River Materials Inc., which operates a barge and railcar loading facility under the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge.
“It is literally the only building not bought or occupied at this point” in the industrial park, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko says. “We’re going to allow (Wise) to use it for storage for now” while additional plans are developed.
Wise says the warehouse operation at the roundhouse is likely to be temporary until his company launches several businesses inside the structure, including an oil recycling operation, a light manufacturing company and, possibly, a craft distillery.
“Cliff and his team have been great partners in driving economic development activity in the Mon Valley,” says Timothy White, senior vice president of business development for RIDC. “He continues to invest in McKeesport.”
RIDC is very supportive of the redevelopment of the roundhouse, White says. “We think it can be a great amenity to the industrial park and the (Great Allegheny Passage) trail.”
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