The Cambria County commissioners agreed Friday to extend property-tax breaks for brownfield and economic development zones in Johnstown area, including the former Rosedale Plant, hoping to foster development.

The tax breaks originally were approved 10 years ago and were due to expire in December, Ron Budash, industrial development consultant, said.

The resolution approved

Friday extends the program

five years through 2013 for Keystone Opportunity Zones, Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones and/or Keystone Opportunity Improvement Zones.

In addition to Rosedale, it covers four other sites: The former Hudson Street and Cypress Avenue schools, the Triangle brickyard and CSX Railroad.

Similar resolutions will be approved in coming weeks for other sites throughout the county, the commissioners said.

The Johnstown Redevelopment Authority, with a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, expects to have about 60 acres of vacant space ready soon to market to developers, Ron Repak, authority director, has said.

Repak, who couldn’t be reached Friday for comment, has said that the money is being used for cleanup at the Rosedale KOZ and the Ore Yard, parts of Bethlehem Steel’s former Lower Works in downtown Johnstown.

The land should be ready for development by the spring.

Budash said that there are also 11 of the sites scattered throughout Cambria County, where some residential homes have been constructed.

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