Workshop to focus on Shaler section of Route 8

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Redevelopment professionals from around the country are coming to Shaler this week to focus on a 1 1/2-mile section of Route 8.

In a three-day workshop, the experts will address flooding, land use, traffic and transportation along Route 8 from Glenshaw Glass Co. to Spencer Lane.

After holding a town meeting Wednesday evening to hear from the public, the group plans to meet all day Thursday and announce its ideas for the area on Friday.

The town meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Shaler Area Intermediate School, 1800 Mount Royal Blvd. The proposals will be announced at 11:30 a.m. in Fall Run Park, off Route 8 in Shaler.

The Corridor of Opportunity Workshop is being organized by Shaler and the Allegheny Rivertowns Enterprise Zone with the help of the Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

The participating professionals and their areas of expertise are Charles Bartsch, ICF International, policy and financing; Greg Hurst, EDAW, water resource management; Sue McNeil, University of Delaware, traffic and transportation; Jan Rosholt, Gary Struthers Associates, multi-jurisdictional decision making; Joseph Schilling, Virgina Tech, land use planning; and Kenneth Tamminga, Penn State, community visioning.


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