Since 2018, we have been working to reopen the Historic Hazelwood Brewery as a beer drinkers destination. Yeah, its taken longer than expected. Real estate projects creep more than they run. COVID didn’t help and this is no small project. It involved a lot of property acquisition, community outreach, planning and more planning, lots of permits, and the complete rehabilitation … Continue reading
Our Hazelwood Project made the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Saturday, August 15th. Bob Batz, the author of the article, nicely covered the history of the brewery and our redevelopment effort. Read the PDF here. It begins in the lower left corner of the page.
The Progress Fund will receive this year’s highest honors, the F. Otto Haas Award, from Preservation Pennsylvania at an awards ceremony in Harrisburg on October 12. Continue reading
Another trail business starts pedaling Trails are fun, but trails with services are economic development drivers. Service businesses are popping up across the region on the Panhandle Trail, Montour Trail and Butler-Freeport Trail. Burgettstown, PA is starting the trail season with a new business: The Shoppe Along the Way at the Burgettstown Train Station. This new trail town is located … Continue reading
Bike rentals and other amenities will be available by mid-October along the Panhandle Trail in Burgettstown, PA. As a decade-long project to redevelop the historic train station has come to its conclusion, you’ll have the opportunity to see the building before it opens to the public. Continue reading
The Tribune-Review did a great follow-up article about our Placemaking Award. Continue reading
Mary Lou Rendulic does not need a study to tell her about the economic value of the Great Allegheny Passage, the popular 150-mile recreational trail that cuts through West Newton as it connects Pittsburgh with Cumberland, Md. “We’re finding that we are renting more and more rooms per season,” said Rendulic, who operates Bright Morning Bed & Breakfast, The Annex Inn and the new Willow Springs Inn along Jefferson Court, just off the Great Allegheny Passage. Continue reading
Riverfront dining is a special and memorable experience. In this region, the options are few and so they become local favorites and tourist destinations. Add Downtown West Newton to the short list.
Last week, Subway opened its best new restaurant, dare we say anywhere? Their opening is the culmination of The Progress Fund’s three-year effort to secure and rehab this exceptionally well-positioned property for a new commercial life. Continue reading
This new addition to Bright Morning Bed & Breakfast will add four more guest rooms. The house was completely renovated with a restored front porch overlooking the Great Allegheny Passage. This house is handicapped-accessible and features a pathway connecting to the breakfast area at Annex Inn. Continue reading
A Herminie native whose company operates 23 Subway restaurant franchises in the region plans to expand his business to the renovated former Riverside Lounge in West Newton, with hopes of attracting some of the Great Allegheny Passage trail users across the Youghiogheny River to eat. Continue reading