Community involvement key to Carlisle redevelopment of industrial properties
In front of a large crowd of residents last night, Sean Garrigan assured Carlisle that his company will make community involvement a cornerstone to studying the redevelopment of the borough's large industrial tracts in its northwest sector.
Garrigan, a partner in Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates Inc., spent much of the meeting outlining the scope of the firm’s study, including best uses for Carlisle’s three large industrial tracts, transportation needs and the priorities of residents around those properties.
“We want to look at a cohesive plan for the entire neighborhood,” Garrigan said.
Somerset County-based Stromberg/Garrigan, which the borough hired in December to conduct the study, will work with Allegheny County-based Michael Baker Corp. for transportation components. The company plans to hold workshops March 11-14 to receive input from residents.
The planning study was spurred by the ongoing plans to redevelop Carlisle’s two largest industrial tracts, the former Carlisle Tire & Wheel factory and the former Masland/IAC carpet and auto interiors factory.
Tire & Wheel planner RE Invest Solutions is considering office buildings for that property. Car show organizer Carlisle Events has plans to redevelop the Masland/IAC property with apartments, restaurants, retail and parking.
Also included is a former Tyco Electronics factory, which continues to be owned by that company, now known as TE Connectivity Ltd.
Redevelopment or reuse of the properties has been a constant theme for the Carlisle community, and that’s why the borough wanted to do a comprehensive study of how those properties, and their redevelopment, affect the larger communities around them, borough Council President Perry Heath said.
“Our community, being one that doesn’t let buildings get boarded up and sit very long, got very, very aggressive about their future,” he said.
Stromberg/Garrigan’s commitment to community involvement will be important, and it is why the steering committee chose it for the study, said Bill Miller Jr., co-founder of Carlisle Events, a committee member and the driving force behind the Masland/IAC redevelopment.
“So many times, communities have things thrust on them and they don’t know what’s happening until it’s too late,” Miller said.
As the planning progresses, Garrigan said, the community can follow progress and receive updates at the website carlisleplan.com.