UPDATE: “The grant money was used to pave Industrial Blvd. and Progress Blvd. in October of 2014. The borough did not have these streets on the immediate schedule and the grant allowed the paving to be done earlier than planned.”
A grant of $500,000 was awarded to the Bethel Park Industrial Park on Monday, October 14, 2013, as part of the $34 million pool of casino levies in the state’s Gaming Economic Development Fund. Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority in turn awarded $6.5 million in grants in allotments of $200,000 to $500,000 each.
Nearly 60 entities vied for grants this year, with 19 receiving monies also awarded to industrial parks in Moon and Marshall, the Allegheny Land Trust for commercial and residential redevelopment, a number of communities for infrastructure upgrades, many cultural and arts organizations as well as local community organizations and care centers.
The $500,000 grant money is earmarked for infrastructure improvement within the Bethel Park Industrial Park– specifically for road repaving and improvements and storm water management projects. The nearly 150-acre industrial park is one of the oldest in the region, begun in the 1940’s. It ranks 19th among the 25 largest industrial parks in the region.* There are more than 120 businesses, employing 500-plus employees in the Park.
Tom Diener, president of the Bethel Park Business Owners’ Association (BPBOA) and managing partner of Ameri-Source Specialty Products, said the improvements will help attract more businesses and people to the Park in turn making Bethel Park more business friendly. Diener added that without a formal master plan for the Park, one of the goals of the Association is to work with the Municipality to upgrade the appearance of the Park.
State Representative John Maher, (R) 40th Legislative District, was instrumental in procuring the funding working with Dennis Davin, Allegheny County’s Director of Economic Development. Bethel Park Municipal Council President Tim Moury, several Councilmen and staff were credited with their quick response to the grant opportunity. The grant was awarded during the October Bethel Park Municipal Council meeting.
Also attending the award ceremonies were BPBOA officers and members: Joe and Joan Froetschel, Vericheck Technical Services, Inc.; Michael Bock, RACO International, Inc.; Dr. Gary Robbins, Conti Testing Laboratories, Inc. and David Carr, Prudential Preferred Realty-Commercial.
By David Carr, BPBOA Development
* ranking computed from Pittsburgh Business Times, 2012 Book of Lists, 25 Largest Pittsburgh-Area industrial parks (listed by developed acreage).