Welcome to the Home of the
Redevelopment Authority of the
City of Duquesne
The RACD is a public authority and is comprised of board members appointed by the City. Current Board Members are as follows: David Bires, Chairman; Elwood Martin, Vice Chairman; Beth Kracinovsky, Treasurer; and Idella Martin.
The RACD has been active in property acquisition and disposition of vacant properties in the City of Duquesne. To date, RACD has acquired and sold approximately 125 properties, clearing liens and encumbrances and returning these properties to the active tax roles. Purchasers of properties include commercial businesses for expansion, developers of houses that have been fully rehabilitated, residential property owners who have expanded their homes, built decks and garages and improved side yards.
Tax Increment Financing is a development tool RACD has utilized to promote development in the City. The current Tax Increment Financing District is at the RIDC Riverplace-The City Center of Duquesne where industrial redevelopment is taking place. Tax Increment Financing is a creative financing mechanism to promote building and property development and job creation.
The RACD works in partnership with the City of Duquesne and the City's non-profit development corporation, the Duquesne Business Advisory Corporation (DBAC) to promote community revitalization in the City of Duquesne. The Duquesne: Center of the City Report, completed in July 2008, was a product of the partnership among the three entities. The RACD, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, solicited consulting services for production of a redevelopment plan for the core area of the Duquesne CBD, focused on the Grant Avenue and Duquesne Shopping Plaza area of the city. This study area represents the key commercial district of the city, the signature gateway into the city and RIDC park, and a high visibility location for redevelopment.
The experienced team of Impact Economics, LP and Perkins Eastman was selected to conduct all aspects of the study and complete a revitalization plan. The project team worked under the guidance of a steering committee comprising key Duquesne leaders and stakeholders including representatives from the City, DBAC and RACD. The resulting plan prioritizes redevelopment strategies and actions based on an assessment of community assets and opportunities.
It outlines an ambitious but realistic program designed to spur public and private investment in the revitalization of the Duquesne Center of the City (CBD) and the improvement of Duquesne's "design quality and sense of place". Click here to download the plan.
Bikers enjoy the Great Allegheny Passage
In 2011 the "Pipeline Coaster" section of the Great Allegheny Passage connecting Duquesne with The Waterfront at Whitaker/Munhall was opened. The 3-mile section is called the "Pipeline Coaster" as it follows an old United States Steel gas pipeline and passes near the roller coasters at Kennywood Park. After this section was completed, the one-mile section through Sandcastle was completed and now the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage connects Pittsburgh with Cumberland, MD. For more information on the trail, go to http://www.gaptrail.org/.