The PDC/CMU Collaboration

PDC and the Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center at Carnegie Mellon University, through a grant provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency, are engaged in a five-year project to develop a tool, which will help assess and prioritize multiple Brownfield sites for redevelopment in Pennsylvania's core communities.

About PDC's On-site Community Initiated Development Pilot Program (CIDPP)

Over the next twelve months, Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) will conduct three community initiated development pilot programs (CIDPP) in Main Street and Elm Street communities, in partnership with Keystone C.O.R.E Services (KCS) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Once the CIDPP are completed, KCS will work with local partner(s) to complete the pre-develop studies necessary to attract a developer who will see the project through to completion.

Communities interested in participating will have to first complete a property profile of an abandoned, blighted, or underutilized property. Communities can submit as many properties as they would like that meet the criteria. From the submitted sites, PDC will choose 30 sites (the intent is that these sites will be in 30 different communities) that will move on to the next level of evaluation.

Working closely with PDC staff, the selected communities will complete a property attribute report for the selected sites. While the site attribute reports are being completed KCS's board of directors will work with CMU to weigh the criteria. CMU will combine the completed site attribute reports with the criteria weighting system.

KCS's board of directors will choose three sites - from the weighted 30 - to undertake a community initiated development study. KCS intends on using third and fourth year college interns to help facilitate the data collection on the three sites. Additionally, the interns will be active participants in a two-day site feasibility charrette.


  • November 2010 - January 2011 - Communities complete site profiles.
  • February 2, 2011 - PDC chooses 30 sites from the site profiles to move to the next stage.
  • March - May 2011 - PDC works with the 30 communities to complete the site attribute report.
  • April 2011 - KCS's board works with CMU to weight the criteria.
  • May 2011 - CMU applies criteria to the attribute reports.
  • May 2011 - Keystone C.O.R.E Services chooses three (3) communities to move to the next stage - site feasibility analysis.
  • June - August 2011 - gather site specific feasibility information on each site.
  • September 2011 - KCS conducts its first taskforce visit to complete a community driven feasibility study.
  • October 2011- KCS conducts its second taskforce visit to complete a community driven feasibility study.
  • November 2011 - KCS conducts its third taskforce visit to complete a community driven feasibility study.

Moving forward

A list of communities selected to move forward will be posted in late spring 2011. More information detailing each site selection will follow.


What you can do

PDC/CMU Collaboration

How can you report a Brownfield — or potential Brownfield -- in your city or town? There are two ways to let us know.

Contact Eddy Kaplaniak, Special Projects Coordinator, via email or phone (717-233-4690, x 118) and he will be able to answer your questions regarding possible brownfield sites in your community.