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Posted on: December 9, 2015

Asbestos removal, demolition in progress on Monsour eyesore in Jeannette

Demolition of the former Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette is finally under way, nearly a decade after the hospital was abandoned.

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Posted on: November 20, 2015

Westmoreland County industrial park opening planned by 2018

This is a park that will add to the already great network of industrial parks in the county.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015



County Group to Help Students Find Pathways to College, Career, and High-Demand Occupations

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Posted on: September 10, 2015

Demolition Bid Accepted for Monsour Demolition

JEANNETTE, Pa., September 10, 2015 – The Board of Directors for the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank, are announcing the acceptance and approval of Dore & Associates Cont...Read on...

Posted on: September 4, 2015

Wolf Administration Announces Alcoa to Expand Operations Creating At Least 90 New Jobs

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Alcoa, a lightweight metals manufacturer, will expand its R&D site in Upper Burrell Township, Westmoreland County and create at least 90 new, full-time positions.

“Today’s announcement makes it cl...Read on...

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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Alcoa to invest $60M in Pittsburgh-area research center, add 100 jobs


Alcoa Inc. is investing $60 million in its Pittsburgh-area research and development facility in order to expand the company's additive manufacturing capabilities.

The multipronged investment, which was announced by the company Thursday, will fund an 18...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2015

IRS drops $4.6M lien against former Monsour property in Jeannette

A $4.6 million Internal Revenue Service lien against the former Monsour Medical Center property in Jeannette has been discharged.

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Posted on: February 24, 2015

Bids expected for demolition of Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette

Westmoreland County hopes to advertise for bids next month to demolish the dilapidated Monsour Medical Center building in Jeannette if there is a resolution to the dispute over $3.5 million in liens against Monsour, a county official said this week.

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Posted on: February 24, 2015

Westmoreland County Land Bank Sells First Property



April Kopas

Westmoreland County Land Bank Sells Its First Properties

GREENSBURG (February 24) The Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Land Bank today announced the sale of two parcels in the Borough of West Newton to the First Church of God, clearing the way for a new parking area in the community. The sale marks the first purchase of a property from the Land Bank and is thought to be the first of its kind in the state.
According to April Kopas, Executive Director of the Land Bank, “These properties were acquired because they were abandoned and unsafe structures; and the reuse will benefit the entire community. The Borough of West Newton spearheaded this effort, and the local government was the driving force behind stabilizing this neighborhood.”

Borough officials worked to have the property located at 203 North Second Street donated while 201 North Second Street was in the county’s repository of unsold tax-delinquent properties – both were acquired by the Land Bank.

The county’s Redevelopment Authority removed the unsafe structures on the site in December 2014. “They were a danger to the neighborhood,” Pastor Elizabeth Dunlap said referring to the eye-sore of dilapidated buildings that plagued the neighborhood for more than a decade. “It was such a blessing to see what opportunities it has brought to our community. The Land Bank was very supportive and helpful throughout the whole process”.

Howard Crissman, president of the council at First Church of God, said it was important for the church to acquire land for parking and estimates it will invest $50,000 to construct the lot with 15-20 parking spots this spring. “It'll help to brighten up the neighborhood,” Crissman said.

The strategy of the Land Bank rethinks the value and potential of vacant and abandoned properties – approaching them as assets rather than a disposable commodity – with the goal of combating blight and returning investment to neighborhoods. The lots were purchased for $1,598; transaction fees and closing costs brought the transaction total closer to $3,600. Under the sales agreement, the church has agreed to allow the property to be taxable.

Pamela Humenik, borough secretary, is thrilled that this is the first Land Bank property sale of its kind in Pennsylvania. “It is wonderful that our town is first,” said Humenik. We will keep working with the Land Bank to drive investment back into our community”.

To view available properties or to learn more about the Land Bank, visit www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/landbank.
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Posted on: February 2, 2015

Warehouse will double Leed's space in Westmoreland Business and Research Park

Promotional products manufacturer Leedsworld Inc. said it will build a huge warehouse on the last large parcel of land available in Westmoreland County's biggest industrial park.

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