County seeks developer for 15-acre site in Duquesne

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After more than 10 years of planning, Allegheny County is seeking a developer for a 15-acre former public housing complex in Duquesne.

The county Redevelopment Authority approved seeking proposals for the former Cochrandale site on Friday. The agency expects to soon advertise the site with a deadline of 45 to 60 days for proposals, said Dennis Davin, county development director.

Mr. Davin said the county would like to see light industrial or flex office space at the location, which is very close to the industrial park at the former Duquesne Works of U.S. Steel.

“We just don’t know what we might get out there,” Mr. Davin said. “If somebody wants the whole site or just part of the site, we’ll work with them.”

The authority obtained the property from the county Housing Authority. Wylie Avenue bisects the site, and it is about a half-mile south of Duquesne Boulevard.

Housing officials closed the Cochrandale housing complex in 1994 after deciding it was too expensive to refurbish the 56-year-old buildings. It was demolished in February 1998.

The authority also approved spending the final $650,000 of this year’s Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund on four projects. State gaming proceeds supply the county with $6.6 million annually.

The projects approved Friday were:

• $125,000 for Mt. Lebanon to help pay for the replacement of sidewalks in the Beverly Road business district.

• $200,000 to the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood. The school is in the midst of soliciting funds for a $9.3 million, square-foot residential building for students and will use the authority grant for the storm water management of that project.

• $175,000 to the Carpenters Union to buy computer programs to help train welders. Mr. Davin said with the growth of Marcellus Shale drilling for natural gas, there is a heavy demand for trained welders.

• $150,000 to Residential Resources Inc. The agency will use the money to replace roofs and make other repairs at four group homes for the handicapped that it operates in Carrick, Coraopolis, West Mifflin and Clairton.

Ed Blazina: or 412-263-1470.

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