These 4 development projects are bringing new life to McKees Rocks

Like so many riverfront communities in the Pittsburgh region, McKees Rocks has seen its population and economy shrink since the borough’s industrial heyday.

But lately, through partnerships with state and local officials as well as private businesses, this small community has been seeing a wide variety of new development projects take flight since the beginning of the year.

“Overcoming years of challenges by working together has allowed a new downtown McKees Rocks to come into focus,” said Taris Vrcek, executive director of the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation.

Here’s a quick rundown of four projects bringing new life to this iconic Allegheny County neighborhood.

New life in iconic spaces

February 2019 may well be remembered as a banner month for McKees Rocks nightlife.

On Feb. 14, the long-shuttered Roxian Theatre announced the lineup for its grand opening celebration this May.

The 90-year-old theater, located 425 Chartiers Ave. in McKees Rocks, closed in 2003 and remained vacant until local entrepreneur John Pergal, owner of Lawrenceville’s Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, and several partners bought the property from the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation in December of 2017.

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