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Carlisle approves urban revitalization study contract

By , - Last modified: December 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Carlisle Borough Council last night approved a $132,000 contract with architectural and planning firm Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates Inc. to study urban revitalization in the borough.

Somerset County-based Stromberg/Garrigan will look at comprehensive revitalization including brownfield redevelopment, transportation and housing, Council President Perry Heath said.

The study will include three of Carlisle’s most significant brownfields: the former IAC automotive parts factory, the former Tire & Wheel factory and the former Tyco Electronics factory.

However, with the IAC and Tire & Wheel sites under active demolition and redevelopment plans, the Stromberg/Garrigan study will focus more on the surrounding housing and transportation, Heath said.

“This is not a study that’s going to be redundant,” he said.

The planners will incorporate studies and planning work already done on those sites by their owners, which is part of the reason this study’s cost was kept down, Heath said.

The study could be complete around May, which is perfect because demolition on the IAC and Tire & Wheel plants is expected to wrap up around February and March, he said.

While IAC owner Carlisle Events has plans to redevelop the property with apartments, restaurants, retail and parking, Tire & Wheel planner RE Invest Solutions is considering office buildings for that property.


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