Davis: More than $650,000 in state funding to go toward remediation of industrial sites in McKeesport and Duquesne

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – Funding awarded Wednesday by the commonwealth will allow for two industrial sites located in McKeesport and Duquesne to undergo much-needed environmental remediation, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

Davis said the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania was awarded a combined total of $671,200 in state funding to be used for remediation projects at the former Roadhouse and Guard Shack Building in McKeesport and the former Open Hearth building in Duquesne.

“Today’s announcement is a positive step in the efforts to clean up and rehabilitate our industrial sites as well as revitalize our community,” Davis said. “The funding awarded today will not only positively affect the environment, but it also will make our district a cleaner and healthier place to live and visit.”

Davis said $637,500 will be targeted for the remediation and encapsulation of asbestos-containing material throughout the former Roadhouse and Guard Shack Building, as well as lead-based paint remediation throughout its interior walls.

The remaining $33,700 will be used to remediate lead-based paint and encapsulate surfaces where lead-based paint was removed at the former Open Hearth building. Davis said the RIDC plans to redevelop this site into a planned industrial park.

Davis said Wednesday’s funding was awarded through the state’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program, an initiative designed to foster the cleanup and environmental contamination at industrials sites that later will be used as parks, business and residential properties.