Development Opportunities

Brownsville’s Fresh Start: A new day is dawning in the borough. See a video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CLBsn1_Gr4, detailing new redevelopment projects in the downtown.

View images of Brownsville’s demolition along Market Street, future site of a 24-unit affordable housing project for seniors — September 2016

The Borough of Brownsville, a Blueprint Community, offers location and opportunity. Coupled with easy/direct access to PA 43 Toll Road and US 40, there are ample development and redevelopment opportunities in the riverfront town’s downtown, Northside and Southside districts.

The Redevelopment Authority of Fayette County is marketing 28 properties in the downtown’s commercial district for redevelopment. A marketing analysis, completed in 2012, details each property’s rehabilitation prospects, demolition costs, surveys and appraisals as well as establishes design guidelines for the commercial district. The properties along Market, High and Front streets and Brownsville Avenue are part of a National Register Historic District, one of two in the borough.

Andrew French, the authority’s executive director, is fielding all inquiries from interested developers and investors: 724-437-1547 or afrench@racfpa.org.

Brownsville is conveniently positioned between Pittsburgh (43 miles north) and the Laurel Highlands’ top attractions, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (37 miles southeast) and the prestigious Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Lady Luck Casino (27 miles southeast). Enjoy the beauty of western Pennsylvania and explore its rich history – all within a short drive of the Borough of Brownsville.

Snowdon Square Park Project
Snowdon Square Performing Arts StageDesigned by Studio for Spatial Practice, the stage will be constructed in part with trusses from an old freight building in Brownsville. The stage is phase one for the Snowdon Square redevelopment project, which will result in an urban park in the downtown core. The stage will be set back about 60 feet from the existing paved parking lot in Snowdon Square. The 30-foot by 40-foot, handicapped accessible stage will stand 18 feet and be outfitted with spotlights and electrical outlets in the columns for events. Ambience lighting and native plantings Snowdon Square stagealso are part of the stage project, which was initiated by the Students in Action team from Brownsville Area High School. The delivery is planned for 2016.

See a video about the award-winning project on the SIA website. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the “Brownsville Downtown Park Project” at the Community Foundation of Fayette County, 2 W. Main St., Suite 101, Uniontown, PA 15401. A note should accompany all donations designating the Brownsville project as the recipient.

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