Sam Reiman, director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, says restoring the community’s connection to the river is a longstanding goal of the development that until recently was called Almono.

“This master planning is the first step in activating the riverfront to support outdoor recreation, public health and local businesses along an extensive trail system that extends all the way from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.,” Reiman says.

It’s too soon to put a cost to the project, Stern says. Much of that depends on the scope of the master plan and the degree to which existing physical and legal constraints restrict whatever development ideas come from the effort.

“I assume that will be low-impact activities that provide recreational access to the Monongahela,” he says.