New 9-1-1 Center to be located in Ambridge

From Ambridge Boro website

Ambridge has been selected as the location for the new Beaver County 9-1-1 Emergency Services Center, the Beaver County Commissioners announced on Thursday December 27, 2007.
Originally approximately 15 locations around the county were considered. After months of study the Ambridge location was selected. Several reasons given for choosing the Ambridge location included: access to adequate telephone communications lines, the location is outside the 10-mile evacuation zone for the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station and easy access to Route 65, one of the county's major highways.
The 18,000 square foot, 15 million dollar facility will be built along 14th Street on the site of the former H.H. Robertson office buildings. The former H.H. Robertson complex is currently being demolished to make room for this and other development projects. The new center should be ready for use in about 2 years.

Beaver County breaks ground on new 911 center in Ambridge

By Rick Wills
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Beaver County officials broke ground Friday on the county's $14 million emergency call center in Ambridge.
The 18,000-square-foot facility, which is being paid for with a 20-year bond the county issued, is expected to be finished in September.
"This is great for Beaver County. It's important to have a state-of-the-art 911 center," said Joe Spanik, a Beaver County commissioner.
The county's current 911 center, located in Beaver, is in a building that is more than 100 years old and sits next to a busy railroad.
"Our current building is just out of date," said Wes Hill, director of Beaver County Emergency Services. "The new building ... allows for larger operations and more training capability."
Furthermore, current building is multilevel and does not comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
"I'm not even sure it's really possible to make it handicapped-accessible," Hill said.
The center will be built on land once home to the H.H. Robertson Steel Decking Co., a manufacturer of steel floor decking that closed in the early 1980s.
Borough and county officials are trying to attract other businesses to the space.
"We would like to get a grocery store in there," said Charles Camp, a Beaver County commissioner.
The center will have $2 million of equipment paid for mainly with federal money, Camp said.
Beaver County and Ambridge secured financing for the center last summer, before the credit markets collapsed.
"This project almost did not happen. And it would be much harder to finance now, " Spanik said.
The call center has generated controversy in Ambridge. Some residents think the borough would be better served by a business than by an arm of government that will not have to pay taxes.
Gerard McCoy, president of the Ambridge borough council, defended the project. "The call center is (an) asset for Ambridge and will be one part of reviving this community."

911 center among Ambridge development plans

By Larissa Theodore, Times Staff
Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2008

— A new 911 Center for Beaver County isn’t the only project being planned in Ambridge.

Kuhn’s Market, a Pittsburgh-area supermarket chain, could be headed to Ambridge, the project’s developer announced.

Pat Nardelli of Castlebrook Development in Pittsburgh said Tuesday that he has been working with the Denticis, owners of Kuhn’s Market, on a site plan at the Ambridge Regional Development site. Kuhn’s owners had previously expressed interest in renovating the old Foodland site at Henning and Merchant streets after it closed more than a year ago.

While nothing has been finalized, Nardelli said discussions are taking place regarding constructing a supermarket on 14th Street with a site design that mixes a suburban and urban streetscape. There are seven Kuhn’s stores in the Pittsburgh area, including in Moon and Cranberry townships.

“This is going to be a tremendous improvement to this part of the community. It’s a long time coming,” Councilman Mike Mikulich told Nardelli.

But Ambridge resident Corky Michalik questioned council on what would happen to the vacant Foodland store and whether there would be tax breaks for the new store.

“What I’m seeing is a big giveaway. We need good real estate that’s going to give us money back, not a grocery store that will go bankrupt in five to 10 years,” he said.

Nardelli, who left before Michalik’s comments, was in Ambridge to discuss an application involving the Beaver County Emergency Services Center seeking subdivision plan approval and a waiver on sidewalk and street lighting requirements.

Castlebrook is overseeing construction of the 911 Center’s $12 million to $15 million one-story, 18,000-square-foot building, which will be centrally located at the corner of 14th Street, Oak Alley and a future street being called Business Park Drive.

Council approved Castlebrook’s waiver, allowing the developer to reduce the required sidewalk width from 10 feet to 6 feet; construct one sidewalk to discourage pedestrian traffic near the 911 Center and adjacent industrial properties; and excuse the street lighting requirement along the new street because other developments, such as the grocery, will add sufficient lighting on the street.

County 911 Center to Get Upgrades

By Bill Vidonic Beaver County Times  

(Beaver, PA) — Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, a Beaver County police officer had trouble communicating with another officer standing down the road from him.
“I can’t believe I can see you but still can’t talk to you on this radio,” the officer was heard saying on a transmission through the Beaver County Emergency Services Center. About 15 minutes later, U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire D-4, McCandless Township, presented Beaver County commissioners with $681,500 that should help fix that problem, saying the money is “a big step in the right direction.” Commission Chairman Tony Amadio noted that a green ceremonial cardboard check represented not only St. Patrick’s Day, but “all the green coming into Beaver County.” Emergency Services director Wes Hill said Monday the money will be used to construct radio towers and related equipment, upgrade existing towers and upgrade equipment inside the dispatch center. The upgrades will mean better communication for officers who are using handheld radios while on the streets, and also for transmissions from police cars. Upgrades have also been done on communications for county firefighters, Hill said. A firefighter in Darlington can now use a handheld radio to talk directly to the emergency services center in Beaver, some 10 miles away. It’s all part of a $3 million to $4 million emergency communications upgrade that the county’s been in the midst of, Hill said. Last June, various emergency agencies found themselves unable to communicate with each other during Aliquippa’s floods. The ultimate goal, Hill said, is that when all the upgrades are complete, firefighters, police and medical personnel will be able to talk to each other on the same frequency.

Northern Ambridge Redevelopment Project

At one time walking through Northern Ambridge all one would experience was the thriving steel mills hard at work. However, the Borough of Ambridge has been seeing the decline of the steel industry for decades. The community of Northern Ambridge is still feeling the economic repercussions directly involved with the disappearing steel industry. Since the decline began, the town’s infrastructure began to suffer. With buildings and homes beginning to crumble, the Northern Ambridge Redevelopment Project decided it was time to step in and help the community rebuild and remember the community that once was.

The Northern Ambridge Redevelopment Project has been focusing their efforts on redeveloping 60 acres of condemned property and abandoned land in the center of town. Positive effects are beginning to show from their effort to convert this crumbled community into a new and attractive town. This new area is being remade to attract both residential and commercial use. When completed, this project will bring new life to this community with renovated buildings and new infrastructure to reenergize the neighborhood and bring back economic stability throughout Northern Ambridge.

For more information on the Northern Ambridge Redevelopment Project contact Michael Bort at 724-843-5000 X 18

See the video from WTAE-TV, here.

New County 911 Center Nearly Complete

By Larissa Theodore, Times Staff
Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:46 PM EDT
AMBRIDGE — Beaver County’s new emergency management operations center in Ambridge is on track to be completed by the end of October.

Wes Hill, emergency services director, said that’s when the $15 million to $18 million building will be turned over to the county so that radio systems, telephone lines and other technology can be installed.

“It’s moving right along. It’s been a good, healthy project,” Hill said.

Construction workers already have the shell of the building up. Hill said he is looking for his staff to be moved in after the first of the year. Everyone will be on one floor, he said, in the same area.

Castlebrook Development of Pittsburgh has been overseeing construction of the one-story, 18,000-square-foot building, centrally located on 14th Street at the Ambridge Regional Development site between Merchant Street and Duss Avenue.

Hill said there are several reasons for the move, one being that the center simply has outgrown the building in Beaver. The 109-year-old Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad passenger station has been home to the 911 center since the mid-’70s, he said. But the building, which is next to the railroad tracks, is in need of general work, Hill said. In addition, all of the center’s radio equipment needs to be replaced, he said.

“It just doesn’t fit what we need now,” Hill said. “So this is the perfect time to make the big move.”

The Beaver County Commissioners plan to sell the property, and historical groups, as well as Beaver officials, have expressed an interest in buying it to preserve the train station.