Redevelopment efforts in Wilkinsburg
have been given another boost. The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC)
has received renewed funding from TriState Capital Bank, as part of the Neighborhood Partnership Program.
The $350,000 additional funding is the third installment of a six-year commitment to the WCDC to assist in business district revitalization, as well as affordable housing, crime prevention, green initiatives, and youth engagement.
WCDC Executive Director Tracey Evans says this grant allows her organization to work towards its mission, and to maintain its prominent storefront location on Penn Avenue.
The grant gives funding to the WCDC through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP).
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will receive a portion of these funds as part of a collaborative redevelopment initiative in the Hamnett Place neighborhood of Wilkinsburg, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
PHLF has invested more than $11 million in that neighborhood, including the renovation and sale of seven historic homes
, and the two-building, 27-unit Crescent Apartments development.
The homes and apartments are made available to low and moderate income individuals and families, and is funded in part by the Allegheny Foundation, and the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development.
In addition to development work, PHLF will use this funding to support programing at the Landmarks Housing Resource Center, where it encourages and educates do-it-yourselfers to restore and maintain homes, and improve energy efficiency.
This coming October, the Borough of Wilkinsburg will celebrate 125 years. Evans says her organization is partnering with the mayor, borough, and various volunteer community groups in support of those anniversary activities.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Tracey Evans, WCDC; Michael Sripraser, PHLF