Former Bethlehem Steel site inching closer towards reopening

Opening Dona Street is major step to getting manufacturers in

Mike Baggerman
January 06, 2020 - 3:00 am
Dona Street into Bethlehem Steel site. January 3, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Dona Street into Bethlehem Steel site. January 3, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County is inching closer towards the opening of the former Bethlehem Steel site into a revamped industrial corridor.

A key factor into its opening will be when Dona Street is accessible. The street was extended beyond Route 5 into the former Bethlehem Steel site. Though the $2.2 million extension was expected to open last fall, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said after the county installed street lights and expected to open, New York State told the county to put railroad crossings for a railroad that will be on the site.

"Originally we were under the impression we did not have to do that but then New York State came in and said (we have to)," Poloncarz said. "The railroad crossings are on order. I'm hoping to have it in the next couple of months."

Poloncarz said the railroad crossing is the last hurdle.

"(Dona Street) will extend in approximately one quarter mile for additional economic development use," Poloncarz said. "It will go directly and end near the Welded Tube site. TMP Technologies...has acquired the site. They now own over 20 acres of it. In the coming months, they will be building their new headquarters on that portion of Dona Street. It's already succeeded in bringing new business there through TMP Technologies."

TMP Technologies bought 28-acres of the site last summer and will invest $22.7 million in the new plant. Once opened, Poloncarz said it will retain over 100 jobs and 50 new ones.

Bethlehem Steel closed its Lackawanna plant in 1983. Erie County bought most of the site in 2017.

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