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Why Rust Belt real estate development is gearing up

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.

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Seton Hill University’s Harlan Gallery Hosts “Sister Wendy Beckett: Envisioning Art”

Seton Hill University’s Harlan Gallery will host “Sister Wendy Beckett: Envisioning Art” – an exhibit curated by Graham Shearing. The show will be held from March 21 through April 16 at Harlan Gallery, located in the Seton Hill Arts Center, 205 West Otterman St.Greensburg. An opening reception will be held on March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception and show are free and open to the public.
Noted Pittsburgh art dealer and art critic Graham Shearing, who curated the show, describes it as follows:How did a nun capture the imagination of the public simply through an enthusiastic contemplation of art? And through the unlikely medium of television? This exhibition suggests that she found the spiritual not only in religious art, but in other, unlikely sources.Here, a collection of art from public and private collections, and the work of living artists, reveals diverse visions of the spiritual.
This may require hard looking, which was the practice of this nun, following the precept of the Victorian critic, John Ruskin: To see clearly,’ he observed, is poetry, prophecy, and religion, all in one.’Sister Wendy died late last year in a convent in England, but the shock in a full black habit standing purposefully in front of a canvas by Mark Rothko, in a video here, hopefully will give visitors pause for thought, and keep her memory alive.
Looking at art is an exercise in divination: an exercise open to all. Take the rough with the smooth.If you are a member of the media and would like more information, contact Director of Media Relations Jennifer Reeger at , (724) 830-1069 (office) or (724) 433-9613 (cell). If you are not a member of the media, contact us.

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