Latrobe Comprehensive Plan

Project Description

In 2010, the City of Latrobe, located in the scenic Laurel Highlands of southwestern PA and the home of Arnold Palmer, Fred Rogers, and Rolling Rock beer, set out to update its comprehensive plan for the first time in almost 20 years. The plan’s recommendations focused on leveraging the community’s existing assets, such as a strong housing stock, historical and cultural resources, and varied recreational opportunities. To spur revitalization, the plan also included specific recommendations like better connecting a local college to downtown, restoring a historic concert hall, developing a rails-to-trail bikeway, and targeted streetscape improvements.

Since adoption, major investments directly relating to the plan’s recommendations have occurred in the city, totaling more than $60 million of public and private funding:

  • New elementary school for the Greater Latrobe School District
    • $28 million of local funding
  • Façade improvements, economic development grants, and transportation improvements in the downtown/KIZ areas
    • $19.7 million of public and private funding
  • New Westmoreland County Community College branch
    • $10 million of local funding
  • Lloyd Avenue Gateway Project involving blight removal, burying utilities, landscaping, decorative lighting, and tree planting
    • $4.6 million of public and private funding
  • Completion of the Lincoln Avenue Trail Greenway and the Saint Vincent College to Downtown Latrobe Trail
    • $945,000 of state and local foundation funding
  • New parklet
    • $320,000 of private credit union funds
  • New commercial retail development
    • between $900,000-$1,150,000 of private financing

Project Details

  • Client City of Latrobe
  • Date December, 2010
  • Tags plan
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