A massive chemical processing plant under construction along the Ohio River is fueling renewed real estate development in the Rust Belt region.The factory is located just 30 miles from Pittsburgh and is slated to eventually create about 600 full-time jobs.
Meanwhile, a peak of about 6,000 construction workers will work on building the factory until its completion in the early 2020s. As a result, housing construction is revving up.One local real estate companys chairman, Charles Betters, called Shells plant the best thing to happen in our region in 40-plus years.”Betters claims his company, C.J. Betters Enterprises, is building 200 residential units and a big hotel project as a consequence of the factory.
The cost of Shells plant is estimated to be up to $10 billion, which reportedly makes the factory among the largest industrial projects ever constructed along the Ohio River. The state gave Shell a $1.6 billion package in reduced taxes for a 25-year period.The project is also drawing other major companies interested in polyethylene production to the area, which is concerning environmentalists.“Industry calls it a game changer. We see it as game over,” said Dustin White of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to the Times.