Hazleton Creek Properties Supports “Drop the Drugs” Van

September 25, 2017

MOOSIC, PA – Hazleton Creek Properties (HCP) donates $2500 to support Hazleton’s new “Drop the Drugs” Van Program to help the community securely dispose of unwanted medications.

In an effort to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of children, the mobile drug drop-off will visit area organizations that need to dispose of unwanted drugs. The van can be scheduled in advance by providing information to the program’s director.

“I am working to gain support to expand into Greater Hazleton a successful program currently underway in Susquehanna County,” said Mr. Brenner. “The ‘Drop the Drugs’ mobile van is an initiative started by Susquehanna County District Attorney Robert Klein, and staffed by the county sheriff’s office, to make it easier for residents to safely and securely dispose of old or unwanted prescription drugs.”

HCP’s President, Bill Rinaldi, believes supporting this important undertaking is vital to the health of our neighbors, families, and friends:

“Along with every other concerned citizen, Hazleton Creek Properties understands the breadth and severity of heroin addiction in our community. We are proud to be a part of a solution that will help prevent further exposure of excess prescription drugs and allow our residents to securely dispose of these medications safely.”

To find out how your organization can get involved with the Drop the Drugs Van, visit dropthedrugshazleton.com.

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The mission of Hazleton Creek Properties (HCP) is to improve the quality of life for residents of the Greater Hazleton community. HCP is currently engaged in a major mine reclamation project that, once completed, will improve the health and safety of Hazleton and enhance the community’s natural beauty. The firm has already completed an important phase of the transportation infrastructure component of the project through the design and construction of a loading and unloading facility with the capacity to handle up to 80 rail cars. First and foremost, HCP is committed to protecting the environment and residents of the Greater Hazleton community.

 

Hazleton Creek Properties Donates $1000 to Black Ties for White Coats

MOOSIC, PA – Hazleton Creek Properties (HCP) of Moosic, PA is donating $1000 to support the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Annual Scholarship Gala, Black Ties for White Coats.

All proceeds from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s gala support student scholarships. The ninth annual gala being held to raise funds for the school’s scholarship program, Black Ties for White Coats will take place Oct. 21 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre.

The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine educates aspiring physicians and scientists to serve society using a community-based, patient-centered, interprofessional and evidence-based model of education that is committed to inclusion, promotes discovery and utilizes innovative techniques.

“The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is building a legacy of healthcare professionals who are talented, compassionate, and dedicated to quality healthcare,” said Bill Rinaldi of Hazleton Creek Properties. “Supporting the College by donating to the annual gala is our way of helping the College to continue its pursuit as a community leader in medical education in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

For additional information or to find out how to get involved, visit the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s website by clicking here.

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The mission of Hazleton Creek Properties (HCP) is to improve the quality of life for residents of the Greater Hazleton community. HCP is currently engaged in a major mine reclamation project that, once completed, will improve the health and safety of Hazleton and enhance the community’s natural beauty. The firm has already completed an important phase of the transportation infrastructure component of the project through the design and construction of a loading and unloading facility with the capacity to handle up to 80 rail cars. First and foremost, HCP is committed to protecting the environment and residents of the Greater Hazleton community.

Hazleton Creek Properties Exhibits at Eastern Energy Expo

hazleton creek properties eastern energy expoHCP will be exhibiting a booth at this years’ Eastern Energy Expo being held at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut, May 24th through May 25th.

The Eastern Energy Expo has previously been three separate exhibits, the Atlantic Region Energy Expo, Oil & Energy Service Professionals and PA Petroleum Associates, that has now been combined into the EEE making it the premier trade show for the energy and comfort industries. EEE gives attendees the opportunity to see the latest advancements in services, supplies, and equipment.

According to company founder, Bill Rinaldi, HCP’s sales team will be available to inform Eastern Energy Expo attendees hailing from a wide variety of professional backgrounds including business owners, technicians, managers, customer service reps, bookkeepers, students, and more on the mission and options available for beneficial use.

The Eastern Energy Expo also offers numerous networking and social events aimed at helping attendees to connect with experts while building relationships with other professionals and strengthening their knowledge base.

Hazleton Creek Properties is proud to participate and showcase their offering among the industry’s cutting-edge products and services.

For more information on the 2016 Eastern Energy Expo at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino, click here.

HAZLETON CREEK PROPERTIES RECEIVES DEP PERMIT TO COMMENCE WITH MAJOR MINE RECLAMATION PROJECT

Hazleton, PA — Hazleton Creek Properties LLC (HCP) today received a Statewide Beneficial Use General Permit WMGR097 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to commence with a major mine reclamation project in Hazleton, PA in Luzerne County, Northeastern Pennsylvania, a region that was once home to major coal mining operations but has since been left with dangerous, abandoned mines that are a blight on the community and an ongoing threat to public safety.  The Hazleton Reclamation site is an abandoned mine located directly off Interstate 81 and bounded by Routes 924, 309 and Broad Street.  The site has been severely impacted by past deep and surface mining practices and encompasses more than 277 acres of un-reclaimed, abandoned mine pits and spoil piles. Portions of the site (approximately 50 acres) were previously used for disposal of municipal and industrial waste in several mine pits.  

“This is a wonderful day for the residents of Hazleton who, for far too long, have had to live in the midst of this dangerous community eyesore,” said Mark McClellan, HCP’s environmental consultant and President of Evergreen Environmental, Inc.  “We greatly appreciate the thoroughness of the DEP’s review of our application and are extremely grateful to have been granted the permit to proceed with this important reclamation project, which, when completed, will eliminate a huge safety risk, bring back the natural beauty of this region and improve the overall quality of life for Hazleton residents.  We are ready to roll.”

The abandoned site has been severely impacted by past deep mining and surface mining and contains over 200 acres of un-reclaimed abandoned mine pits, highwalls and spoil piles. Subsequent to mining, both municipal and industrial waste materials were disposed in some mine pits. Highwall hazards, open mine pits, and an uncapped waste disposal area have posed a long-term risk to public health, safety and the environment.
The project performed by HCP – at no cost to the taxpayer – will take an existing public liability and create a public asset with significant economic benefits though redevelopment and job creation. As importantly, the reclamation/remediation project will achieve the strict statewide health standards for Brownfield remediation with the voluntary completion of the Act 2 remediation performed solely at the expense of HCP.

Under the demonstration project, HCP will place C & D fine materials with approved Regulated Fill material under strict standards and acceptance limits set by DEP to reclaim a pit area that currently presents a major safety risk to the public.

The demonstration project is designed to achieve the following goals:

  1. Demonstrate the potential for the statewide beneficial use of C & D fine materials as valuable materials for reclamation of abandoned mine lands that pose public safety and environmental risks where no funds or responsible parties exist to complete the critical job.
  2. Demonstrate that C & D fine material mixed with Regulated Fill can produce a reclamation mixture that will produce levels of compaction that will support structures for redevelopment projects on Brownfield lands.
  3. Expedite the site reclamation and Act 2 remediation of a critical area by providing an additional high volume, safe material for mine reclamation purposes.

DEVELOPER, BILL RINALDI JOINS WITH PA REGULATORS, TOWN TO RECLAIM MINE

By Elizabeth McGowan

Day after day, neighbors in Hazleton, Pa, are starkly reminded of their city’s 150-year tradition of coal extraction. It is, after all, nearly impossible to avoid a crater as massive as 300 contiguous football fields in your own backyard.

To William Rinaldi, however, the gaping maw represents nothing less than a gold mine. The risk-taker is ushering his company, Mark Development, into a first-time venture. He’s investing big dollars toward reinventing this defunct coal mine as a retail center complete with a hotel and an outdoor amphitheater – all accessible to visitors by train.

The entrepreneur expects to start building in about 5 years. It will take that long to fill such a gargantuan hole with 10 million to 15 million cubic yards of mixed byproducts. In September, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection granted Rinaldi’s company permission to use a combination of coal ash, cement kiln dust, lime kiln dust and dredge material.

“The connotation of these materials as waste needs to change,” project consultant Mike McClellan explained during a presentation at the Byproducts Beneficial Use Summit held Nov. 29-30 in Philadelphia.

McClellan, president of Evergreen Environmental Inc., is aware the project has detractors who claim certain materials belong in landfills because they can be environmental and health hazards. But McClellan lauded the Pennsylvania DEP for propelling the Hazleton project forward by acting in 2004 to make coal ash, cement kiln dust, and lime kiln dust and dredge material acceptable statewide for use in mine reclamation. He emphasized that the state is seven years away from maxing out its landfills and lacks the money to restore its 250,000 acres of abandoned mines single-handedly.

“This is not just an environmental project,” McClellan said. “At its core, this is an economic development project. And the beauty of it is that it’s a public-private partnership. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for what a company did in 1950.”

Three key ingredients – a can-do mayor, a willing private investor and a progressive regulatory agency – helped to launch the Hazleton project, McClellan said. The price tag could ring in at $50 million, he said.

Under the name Hazleton Creek Properties, Mark Development is leasing the 300-acre site from a newly formed public entity, the Hazleton Redevelopment Authority.

Mayor Louis Barletta is intent on changing the direction of down-on-its-luck, Hazleton, a hardscrabble city of about 25,000 near where Interstates 80 and 81 cross. Right now, its most abundant export is young people in search of employment.

Barletta wants the gateway to his city to be a job magnet instead of a giant scar with vertical pits up to 150 feet deep and tunnels 600 feet below the surface. Mining ceased in the 1960’s, before legislation was adopted making companies liable for cleanup. Later the site became a municipal landfill and a dumping ground for toxic soup of industrial waste.

In addition to filling the hole over the next 5 years, contractors will cap the landfills, restore a creek and wetlands, and halt “acid mine drainage” by keeping surface water out of the pit. Rinaldi and McClellan are installing an on-site laboratory to monitor groundwater. They have vowed to share all test results with the city.

“We’re building a rapport with the community,” McClellan said. “Independent oversight is vital and transparency is key.”

Dredged material from harbors and rivers in Baltimore, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia will be carted to the site in rail cars. As part of the deal, the city will receive $1 for every cubic yard of dredge. The mayor has earmarked those funds for police and fire protection. After the dredge is hauled in, the railroad tracks will carry commuters, shoppers, and tourists.

“These are people who have a vision,” McClellan said. “They’re taking a liability and turning it into an opportunity.”

HCP DONATES NEW DOORS TO THE GREATER HAZLETON SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

MOOSIC, PA  — Hazleton Creek Properties (HCP) of Moosic, PA, has generously donated and installed two new sets of doors to the Greater Hazleton Senior Citizens Center at 24 East Broad Street in downtown Hazleton.  The existing double doorway, which may have dated back to the center’s opening in 1969, was in desperate need of replacement and would frequently blow open when cold gusts of air would whistle down Broad Street, which was often.  The in-kind contribution of parts and labor by Mark Construction Services, which was valued at $7,500, was arranged by Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who has long championed providing greater resources and opportunities for the region’s many senior citizens.

“On behalf of the citizens of Hazleton and especially our seniors who have come to rely so heavily on the center as a social gathering place, I would like to sincerely thank Hazleton Creek Properties and Bill Rinaldi, for this very generous contribution to the Greater Hazleton Senior Citizens Center,” said Mayor Barletta.  “The comfort of the many elderly users of the center is extremely important, especially in these harsh winter months.  Hazleton Creek Properties has long been known for its generosity and this contribution is just another example of the company’s laudable civic pride and commitment.”

“When Mayor Barletta told us about this problem at the senior center, we didn’t hesitate to offer our resources and expertise to install new and vastly improved doorways to the facility,” added HCP’s Bill Rinaldi.  “Our senior citizens deserve our admiration and respect.  Providing them with a greater degree of comfort in their beloved Hazleton community center is the least we could do.”

The mission of Hazleton Creek Properties (HCP) is to improve the quality of life for residents of the Greater Hazleton community.  HCP is currently engaged in a major mine reclamation project that, once completed, will improve the health and safety of Hazleton and enhance the community’s natural beauty.  The firm has already completed an important phase of the transportation infrastructure component of the project through the design and construction of a loading and unloading facility with the capacity to handle up to 80 rail cars.  First and foremost, HCP is committed to protecting the environment and residents of the Greater Hazleton community

HAZLETON CREEK PROPERTIES HOSTS NEPA PRESS ON GUIDED TOUR OF HCP MINE RECLAMATION SITE

HAZLETON, PA — On Friday, August 13, 2010, Hazleton Creek Properties, LLC (HCP) officials led a contingent of Northeastern Pennsylvania print and electronic reporters on a guided tour of its mine reclamation site in downtown Hazleton and discussed the entire scope of this major economic development project.  Representing HCP were company co-founder William F. Rinaldi, Evergreen Environmental consultant Mark McClellan, and Dr. Barry Scheetz, a Professor of Civil Engineering at Penn State University and a consultant to HCP.

The Hazleton Reclamation site is an abandoned mine site located directly off Interstate 81 and bounded by Routes 924, 309 and Broad Street.  The site has been severely impacted by past deep and surface mining practices and encompasses more than 277 acres of un-reclaimed, abandoned mine pits and spoil piles. Portions of the site (approximately 50 acres) were previously used for disposal of municipal and industrial waste in several mine pits.  The area is a Brownfield site and has been certified as a Designated Special Industrial Area (SIA) by the Governor of Pennsylvania, giving the site priority attention for remediation.  The site has the capacity to accept over 10 million cubic yards of residual materials to complete the site reclamation.  HCP is authorized to conduct the site reclamation/remediation using DEP-approved residual materials, including regulated fill, clean-fill from construction activities, and river dredge materials.

Once the primary site is reclaimed, HCP will engage in a larger effort to reclaim 250 acres of abandoned mine land adjacent to the city of Hazleton upon which the company plans to build the Hazleton Performing Arts Center.  The Center will occupy approximately 80 acres in the middle of this site with other commercial development to the north and south. The Performing Arts Center will be a 20,000 seat facility (16,000 fixed, 4,000 lawn) with state-of-the-art offices, crew and dressing / lounge space for artists and their staff. Additionally, the Center will include 50,000 square feet of vendor/commercial space that is under roof in order to be convertible to convention space. This new venue will serve as a catalyst for the city of Hazleton for new economic development and generate increased tourism to Hazleton.  For more information, visit www.hazletoncreekproperties.com.

HAZLETON CREEK PROPERTIES TO DISCUSS NEW DEP PERMIT APPLICATION FOR MINE RECLAMATION PROJECT DURING 8/31/10 PUBLIC MEETING AT HAZLETON HIGH SCHOOL

Firm Also Questions Rep. Todd Eachus’ Use of Taxpayer Dollars To Fight Project

HAZLETON, PA – Officials of Hazleton Creek Properties (HCP), owners and operators of a major mine reclamation project in the former coal mining center of Hazleton, PA, will discuss and answer residents’ questions tonight in a public meeting about its new Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Permit Application. The event is being hosted by the DEP at Hazleton High School. HCP’s new Permit Application seeks to use dry fuel gas desulfurization (FGD) materials as a source of fill for the numerous, abandoned deep pit mines that pose a continuing health and safety threat to area residents. FGD is a widely used technology that removes sulfur dioxide from the exhaust fuel gases in power plants that burn coal or oil to produce steam for the steam turbines that drive their electricity generators. FGD materials have been successfully used in other mine reclamation projects around the country.

“We are proud of the fact that our project is one of the most environmentally vetted and scrutinized of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” says William F. Rinaldi, HCP co-founder. “We welcome the public’s ongoing interest in and questions of our project, which will create many jobs in the Hazleton region and improve the overall health and safety of its residents. Tonight’s public meeting is another important step in the permit application process and we look forward to educating residents about the beneficial and environmentally safe re-use of FGD materials in mine reclamation work.”

Rinaldi also questioned the ethics of State Representative Todd Eachus’ use of taxpayer money in his continuing efforts to stop the project. Earlier this year, Eachus’ state office mailed a biased, anti-HCP “survey” to Hazleton residents that was intended to create fear and uncertainty about the mine reclamation project.

“We’re proud of the fact that there are no state taxpayer funds in our project,” adds Rinaldi. “I don’t understand how Rep. Eachus can justify using taxpayer dollars to fund an anti-HCP propaganda campaign. With the state facing huge budget deficits and with many people hurting in this economy, it’s unconscionable for him to use taxpayer dollars to unfairly malign HCP.”

HCP TO DISCUSS NEW DEP PERMIT APPLICATION TWO OF TWO

The Hazleton Creek Properties’ reclamation site is an abandoned mine site located directly off Interstate 81 and bounded by Routes 924, 309 and Broad Street. The site has been severely impacted by past deep and surface mining practices and encompasses more than 277 acres of un-reclaimed, abandoned mine pits and spoil piles. Portions of the site (approximately 50 acres) were previously used for disposal of municipal and industrial waste in several mine pits. The area is a Brownfield site and has been certified as a Designated Special Industrial Area (SIA) by the Governor of Pennsylvania, giving the site priority attention for remediation. The site has the capacity to accept over 10 million cubic yards of residual materials to complete the reclamation.

HCP is authorized to conduct the site reclamation/remediation using DEP-approved residual materials, including regulated fill, clean-fill from construction activities, and river dredge materials.

Once the primary site is reclaimed, HCP will engage in a larger effort to reclaim 250 acres of abandoned mine land adjacent to the city of Hazleton upon which the company plans to build the Hazleton Performing Arts Center. The Center will occupy approximately 80 acres in the middle of this site with other commercial development to the north and south. The Performing Arts Center will be a 20,000 seat facility (16,000 fixed, 4,000 lawn) with state-of-the-art offices, crew and dressing / lounge space for artists and their staff. Additionally, the Center will include 50,000 square feet of vendor/commercial space that is under roof in order to be convertible to convention space. This new venue will serve as a catalyst for the city of Hazleton for new economic development and generate increased tourism to Hazleton. For more information, visitwww.hazletoncreekproperties.com.

FABRIC STRUCTURE USED FOR DRILL CUTTINGS AT BROWNFIELD RECLAMATION SITE

Hazleton Creek Properties (HCP), is reclaiming a 277-acre brownfield mining site with the goal of turning it into a community performing arts center and intra-port facility.

Business Need

Part of the reclamation process is ensuring that any drill cuttings being utilized are stabilized before being placed on the site. The cover also had to fit within an available footprint and not restrict the movement of heavy equipment in and around the building.

A Custom Fabric Structure

After searching for options, HCP chose Legacy Building Solutions to design and install a custom 68 by 120 fabric structure with 20 feet of clearance at the sidewall.

The fabric structure is customized with open endwalls to allow tipping trucks and heavy equipment to easily pass in and out. The solid steel frame with hot dip galvanized finish is designed to withstand heavy use and severe conditions at the site.

“In comparison to alternative options and competitors ,Legacy buildings offered the best quality and price for the type of building with the features we required,” said Rinaldi. “Ultimately, Legacy was a perfect fit for what we needed in terms of cost efficacy for the building specs we required.”

ISO Container Foundation

Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the building is the ISO container foundation, made of shipping containers and used to provide extra storage space near the building. Like all Legacy buildings, the foundation was engineered to support the weight of the building and is designed to be permanent.

“Legacy was very helpful and made it easy to coordinate the building specifics and construction,” said Bill Rinaldi, Founder of Hazleton Creek Properties. HCP prepared the building’s foundation and footer, while the Legacy team handled all other aspects of building design and installation.

Environmentally Friendly

Currently, the long-term plan is to dismantle the Legacy building when the drill cuttings are stabilized. After the building is dismantled, the polyethylene fabric cover and the galvanized steel beams may be recycled, in accordance with HCP’s commitment to minimizing their environmental impact.

HAZLETON CREEK PROPERTIES AWARDED $250,000 PENNDOT GRANT TO CONSTRUCT RAILROAD TRACK FOR DREDGE MATERIALS DISPOSAL

HAZLETON, PA – Hazleton Creek Properties LLC (HCP), thefirm that is presently engaged in a major mine reclamation project in Hazleton, Luzerne County, PA, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to complete the second phase of a planned four phase project that entails the construction of train tracks for the transportation of clean and safe dredge material disposal to a current brownfield site slated for redevelopment. The announcement was made last week by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. The Commonwealth committed a total of $24.5 million for rail investments in 31 counties across Pennsylvania.

“Upgrading and expanding our freight rail lines helps maintain service and also opens the door to greater business opportunities,” the Governor said in a statement. “These investments will help meet growing demand for freight rail service and also help ease highway congestion by reducing the number of trucks on our roadways.”

The quarter million dollar grant to HCP was welcome news for the company’s President, William F. Rinaldi. “I want to personally thank Governor Rendell for his unwavering support of this important redevelopment project that will improve the safety and quality of life for the residents of Hazleton. This company is committed, first and foremost, to protecting the environment and enhancing the natural beauty of this proud community. Securing the funding support from the state to build the rail infrastructure to transport the clean dredge materials needed to reclaim the dangerous, abandoned mine sites was a critical step in this process.”

The Hazleton Reclamation site is an abandoned mine site located directly off Interstate 81 and bounded by Routes 924, 309 and Broad Street. The site has been severely impacted by past deep and surface mining practices and encompasses more than 277 acres of un-reclaimed, abandoned mine pits and spoil piles. Portions of the site (approximately 50 acres) were previously used for disposal of municipal and industrial waste in several mine pits.

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HAZLETON CREEK PROPERTIES AWARDED $ 250,000 DEP GRANT 2 OF 2

The area is a Brownfield site and has been certified as a Designated Special Industrial Area (SIA) by the Governor of Pennsylvania, giving the site priority attention for remediation. The site has the capacity to accept over 10 million cubic yards of residual materials to complete the site reclamation. HCP is authorized to conduct the site reclamation/remediation using DEP-approved residual materials, including regulated fill, clean-fill from construction activities, and river dredge materials.

Once the primary site is reclaimed, HCP will engage in a larger effort to reclaim 250 acres of abandoned mine land adjacent to the city of Hazleton upon which the company plans to build the Hazleton Performing Arts Center. The Center will occupy approximately 80 acres in the middle of this site with other commercial development to the north and south. The Performing Arts Center will be a 20,000 seat facility (16,000 fixed, 4,000 lawn) with state-of-the-art offices, crew and dressing/lounge space for artists and their staff. Additionally, the Center will include 50,000 square feet of vendor/commercial space that is under roof in order to be convertible to convention space. This new venue will serve as a catalyst for the city of Hazleton for new economic development and generate increased tourism to Hazleton.

For more information, visit www.hazletoncreekproperties.com.