The Borough of Canonsburg has designated three parcels consisting of two commercial structures and one vacant lot along Adams Avenue for the acquisition and demolition. The two commercial structures are Masters Ink at 123 Adams Avenue and D’Amico Plumbing at 119 Adams Avenue. The Borough desires to improve the entranceway to the downtown by clearing out these blighted structures and bringing in new development.
Fort Pitt Business Park
The former Fort Pitt Bridge Works is a 25 acre Brownfield, located along Interstate 79 in Canonsburg Borough, Pennsylvania .
For over 100 years, the former Fort Pitt Bridge Works constructed many of the bridges for our national infrastructure and employed over 440 local residents. However the facility closed in the 1960’s and since then has never been fully utilized. Over the last forty plus years, only a few small manufacturing and distribution businesses occupied portions of the buildings. Now however, through the efforts of the Washington County Redevelopment Authority, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and Stoehr Development, the site is now undergoing a major transformation.
In 2005, the Authority obtained a $134,000 Business In Our Sites (BIOS) Planning Grant from DCED. Grant funds were used for the following:
In 2006, the Authority incorporated the BIOS Planning Grant information into a DCED BIOS Development application, which was approved. The $5.2 million grant/loan is being used for the following:
The Authority received $1.9 million in grant funds, which is being used for the environmental remediation of the site, demolition of 300,000 SF of the 440,000 SF existing buildings, and installation of the public infrastructure needed to serve the new business park
After the Authority completes the site preparation work, Stoehr Development intends to construct three new light industrial, multi-tenant buildings, totaling over 170,000 SF. Stoehr also intends to rehabilitate the façade of a 130,000 SF section of an existing building. Construction costs for the new buildings and the renovation of the existing building are estimated to exceed $13 million. It is also estimated that over 500 new jobs will be created at the new Fort Pitt Business Park .
To complement the Fort Pitt Business Park , a public walkway will be constructed along Chartiers Creek within the Business Park . The walkway will provide Borough residents and Business Park employees with a lighted, landscaped walkway that includes picnic pavilions and placards describing the historical significance of the former Fort Pitt Bridge Works. The walkway construction will be funded by a $220,000 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) grant awarded to the Borough of Canonsburg.
The Greater Canonsburg Library
The development of a site to relocate the Greater Canonsburg Public library began in 1999. The project initially started with the acquisition of three structures along North Jefferson Avenue. Several occupants were relocated and the buildings were demolished. Each of these three structures contained various amounts of asbestos, lead based paint and lights containing mercury. Later, four additional structures along Murdock Street were acquired and demolished. These properties posed a greater problem for environmental remediation than the previous ones. One structure was previously a car dealership and the property contained several underground storage tanks. The tanks had been abandoned for many years and each tank has rusted through and was leaking contaminated materials into the surrounding soil. Each tank was removed along with several yards of contaminated soil. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) required that monitoring well be installed to determine if any of the contaminates from the tanks were entering underground water. After careful analysis it was determined that some contaminates were present however, DEP gave a conditional clearance to the site once a Vapor Intrusion Study was completed. The proposed library facility must be built with a vapor barrier surrounding the foundation and a vent for any gas buildup from under the building must also be installed. The remaining four structures along Murdock Street were environmentally remediated and the structures demolished. The site is now pad ready for the construction of the proposed 30,000 s.f. library building. Funding for the site assembly was obtained through HUD’s Community Development Block Program ($950,000) and through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development ($250,000).