Incorporated in 1875 as a Second Class Township under the Pennsylvania Municipal Code, Harmar Township was named after Harmar Denny, a congressman from 1829 to 1837 and the son of Ebenezer Denny, a General in the Revolutionary War. Originally settled by farmers and coal miners and connected to the
world by the Allegheny River, highway and rail, the Township soon flourished with other industries including brick making and scientific research and development.
Harmar Township is conveniently located 13 miles northeast of Pittsburgh at the Allegheny Valley interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Route 28 Expressway. Approximately 3,240 residents dwell within its 5.86 square miles, a balanced mix of rural wooded land, public and private neighborhoods, business, industry, riverside property and plenty of recreation.
Come as a Guest…
Most interstate travelers and local commuters are familiar with the Harmarville business district of Harmar Township. Its amenities include popular fast foods, locally owned and national chain motels and restaurants, as well as medical and indoor athletic facilities. Whether your lunch hour is anything but, or affords you time to linger, you will find many choices for a nutritious quick bite, luxurious coffees or a home-cooked made-to-order spread for the entire office. Throughout the day and into evening, you can unwind with our many entertainment options such as ice skating, bowling and laser tag, wagering on the horses, or taking in a concert or hockey game.
… Stay for a Lifetime.
Though always welcome to visit and work in Harmar Township, we invite you to consider staying for a lifetime. Tucked in the wooded hills beyond the business district, are tranquil and safe neighborhoods where you will find housing options for every season of life: apartments within walking distance of public transportation, quaint riverside cottages, affordable starter homes, senior care village, luxury carriage homes and private townhouses overlooking the river valley below.
Our four Municipal Parks are equipped with paved walking paths, play structures, shelters, sports fields and courts. During the day, these parks provide a peaceful retreat for families and workers on their lunch hour. In the evenings, the playing fields are bustling with baseball leagues and soccer teams for all ages.
In addition to the Parks, there is public access to the Allegheny River for boating and fishing. Also considered part of Harmar Township is the Allegheny Islands State Park, a group of three undeveloped islands where camping is permitted.
Doing Business in Harmar
Harmar Township is home to a wide range of industry including communications, manufacturing, research and development, government, education, medical and transportation. Small businesses thrive alongside internationally known corporations. We encourage you to consider Harmar Township as the ideal location for your business. A variety of commercial properties and office space is available and can be adapted to your specific needs.
Balanced Use for a Balanced Life
Located in the Deer Creek Watershed, Harmar Township has been designated a Biological Diversity Area as well as an Exceptional Natural Heritage area. As such, the Township encourages residents and businesses to protect the environment working closely with organizations such as the DEP and the EPA. Yes, you may have to contact the Game Commission regarding what might be a beaver dam behind your business. Or you may have to wait for a moment while a stray mallard crosses your path at the ATM. But we believe these minor inconveniences are proof that together we are doing a good job maintaining the delicate balance between development and the environment, insuring continued diversity in the ecosystem and clean drinking water for future generations.
Harmar Township is part of a coalition made up of Allegheny County, other municipalities, trail groups and greenway advocates currently pursuing two major trail initiatives along the Allegheny River, connecting 17 municipalities with the city of Pittsburgh and all the way to Erie, Pennsylvania.
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Requests to use the Municipal Building Caucus Room should be directed in writing to the Harmar Township Board of Supervisors, 701 Freeport Road, Cheswick, PA 15024.
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