As a phase of the Mahanoy City Central Business District Revitalization Program, the Borough initiated the Kaier’s Brewery Brownfields Redevelopment. The first phase of the project included the demolition of the existing 90-foot tall former Kaier’s Brewery. During demolition the building unexpectedly twisted and prompted for emergency conditions until the contractor was able to develop a revised demolition plan. Phase II included the redevelopment of the blighted property with the construction of a new community park.
The park includes an ADA accessible, picnic pavilion that has several general use picnic tables, park benches, and accessible pathways and seating areas throughout the park. The playground equipment consists of two composite play structures (one for ages 2-5 and another for 5-12), a swing set and a fitness park. The entire site is protected by a chain linked fence, with two pedestrian access gates, and one maintenance gate. Other park features include a flagpole, trash/recycling receptacles and a historic kiosk of Kaier’s Brewery.
Funding for the brewery demolition and park development comes from grants provided by the DCED, Commonwealth Financing Agency, DCNR, and Borough CDBG and Blight Fund. Benesch was key in completing the grant applications and coordinating support from elected officials on a local and state level to obtain the necessary funding. Benesch coordinated public hearings and conducted the desktop planning as well as provided additional structural and engineering support services during the emergency demolition condition.