A proposed $2.4 million industrial project in Titusville would add jobs and improved safe access to the J. Michael Allyn Industrial Complex on the city's east side.

Titusville Redevelopment Authority has applied for $1,473,870 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's multimodal transportation fund. The application was announced at Wednesday's work session of Crawford County commissioners.

The entire project is $2,401,870 with a local match of $928,000 to improve heavy truck access to the industrial complex, Laurie Baker, executive director of Titusville Redevelopment Authority, told the Tribune.

Applications were due July 31 and it's unknown when the grant may be awarded, Baker said.

A wider, improved entrance road is proposed from South Brown Street, near East Spring Street, and would be both concrete and asphalt, Baker said.

"Right now, the area is just gravel, dirt and grass," Baker said. "Grand Valley Manufacturing wants to expand and the road isn't adequate for the heavy parts the company receives."

Grand Valley Manufacturing makes large turned and milled parts for mining and construction, oil and gas, power generation, transportation, nuclear power and military industries.

The expansion would add 10 full-time jobs at Grand Valley Manufacturing within two to five years and retain the current 46 employees, Baker said. There also would be 25 temporary construction and planning jobs for the project, she said.

The concrete portion of the road would be put in areas where trucks make turns as it will be more durable, she said. A wider road will give trucks easier access to the complex's multi-tenant building and ample room to turn around safely, Baker said.

There are some trees in the project area that would be removed as well as relocation of some electric utility, she said. A stormwater management plan also would be done to eliminate surface water that collects in the area, she said. 

The proposed upgrade gives an adjacent firm, Bayless Fuel, a fuel oil company, another exit from its South Brown Street property, Baker said.

A protective bus shelter also is planned for the Crawford Area Transportation Authority to expand services in that area of the city, she said.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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