Riverfront 47 awarded state grant for trail planning
A $250,000 state grant for trail planning at Riverfront 47 is a significant step toward expanding the region's park system and restoring a missing section of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, developers said.
Steve Mosites, president of The Mosites Company which is overseeing commercial development of the 1.5-mile property, said the money will be used to fulfill the vision of connecting people to the waterfront.
“We'd like this to be a development within a park,” Mosites said.
The grant was made available through the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Specifically, it will come from the Greenway, Trails and Recreation program.
Riverfront 47 stretches through Aspinwall, O'Hara and Sharpsburg, where there is an access point to the property at 19th Street.
Early plans called for 500 housing units and retail shops, but developers have yet to submit final plans for approval.
The property represents more than 75 percent of the uncompleted Three Rivers Heritage Trail segment between Aspinwall and Millvale. It nearly abuts the trail section planned for Etna Riverfront Park.
Trish Klatt, president of the Aspinwall Riverfront Park Board, said the grant has the potential to expedite the trail development in a game-changing way.
“People often think of trail development in 20-year time frames,” she said.
A new hydropower plant, planned for Allegheny Lock and Dam 2, will also be incorporated into the park and trail planning process.
Planning will be a public process, Mosites said.
Proposals are due by June 15.
The money comes just months after developers were awarded a $2.5 million state grant site acquisition and preparation at the Sharpsburg end.