Tell us what you’d like to see in Downtown McKees Rocks

At the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation (MRCDC), we strive to strengthen the Sto-Rox community and create places and resources that exist for all residents and businesses to reach their full social and economic potential. A main point of focus in this pursuit is the invigoration of the McKees Rocks business district, which exists along lower Chartiers Avenue. The MRCDC currently owns – or has control over – several vacant, commercial properties in this district. Our properties have great potential to help revitalize the district if they are developed in thoughtful, responsible, and sustainable ways.

We believe that in order for us to develop our properties responsibly and with optimum impact, we must consider the thoughts, concerns, and recommendations of our fellow community members, business owners, and stakeholders, as much as possible. To do this, the MRCDC is embarking on a process to determine a set of “Downtown Development Standards,” which will inform choices made relating to the properties in the business district that the MRCDC owns, and would be largely influenced by community input.

The above-pictured properties (all owned, or controlled by the CDC) on which these standards would be used, include:

  • 602 Chartiers Ave.
  • 533/597 Chartiers Ave.
  • 507 Chartiers Ave.
  • 1 Furnace Street Ext.

The purpose of the Downtown Development Standards, once they are completed, will be to serve as guidelines set by the community and the MRCDC, by which to judge future development proposals submitted to MRCDC for its properties located in the business district.

We will be undertaking a large-scale effort to involve residents and stakeholders in the determination of these standards over the next several months, through the use of educational workshops and a public meeting to be held in the late spring/early summer of this year. While the Downtown Development Standards can only be imposed upon the properties owned or controlled by the MRCDC, we understand that the introduction of any new developments in the business district are likely to have a measurable impact on the town as a whole.

Please provide your input on the following survey: