News Archives

2013

PHLF Invests in Wilkinsburg: Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation recaps its investment in Wilkinsburg in its newsletter.

Municipalities share success in acquiring Vacant Property: Interest and Success in the Vacant Property Recovery Program grows in Wilkinsburg and Allegheny County. Read more in the Trib.

6 Year Funding Awarded!: WCDC awarded $500,000 each year for the next 6 years. Read the story in The New Pittsburgh Courier.

Wilkinsburg part of regional development strategy: New Chair of Allegheny Conference, Morgan K. O’Brien, recognizes corporate investment in local communities as an accomplishment. Read more in Tribune Live.

Wilkinsburg: First of Two Communities to receive funding: WCDC and McKees Rocks CDC receive multi-million dollor funding packages from Allegheny Conference on Economic Development through Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Partnership Program. Read more on WESA.

Strengthening Community Partnership pays off!: Thanks to the publicity and advocacy of the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development both WCDC and McKees Rocks CDC received 6 year funding. More details found in Pittsburgh Business Times.

WCDC Fully Funded for next 6 years!: Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s new initiative resulted in 3 corporate sponsor agreements with WCDC for next six years. Read more in the Pittsburgh Business Times.

KABOOM! Playground Funded: Ferguson Park playground funded by the Heinz Endowments. Find out more in the Post-Gazette.

Shady Ave Fall Issue: Head over Heels: Click here to read the article.

Couple decided to gamble on Wilkinsburg home and paint shades, too.: A Wilkinsburg couple add a little color to their neighborhood. Click here to read the article.

House and Garden Tour to Showcase Ongoing Improvement in Wilkinsburg: Click here to read the article.

Applicants Filling Vacant Parcels: You could make an impact by acquiring vacant property in Wilkinsburg. Read these case studies to learn how in Keystone Edge’s feature story.

Corporations Support distressed communities: The Allegheny Conference’s focus on economically distressed communities leveraged corporate support for WCDC through the Strengthening Communities Partnership. Read more in the Post Gazette.

WCDC models corporate investment through tax credits: WCDC participated in pilot program created by the Allegheny Conference to strengthen communities outside the city. Watch interview spotlight on Our Region’s Business.

Pittsburgh’s next thriving apartment market?: Spoiler: It’s Wilkinsburg! Read the story from Pittsburgh Business Times.

Young Preservationist Association’s Top 10 List of preservation opportunities: Wilkinsburg’s Train Station made the list. Young Preservationists Association releases 2013 top 10 preservation opportunities.

Public Art Database: Wilkinsburg residents are asked to submit photos, locations, and other information about any painting, photo, public sculpture, memorial, mural, or unique cultural object in their neighborhood to wilkinsburgartanddesign@gmail.com. Read the Public Art Database Press Release.

Pittsburgh Symphony in Wilkinsburg: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert series helps keep music in Wilkinsburg schools. Read the New Pittsburgh Courier article!

Strengthening Communities Partnership: WCDC is one of five groups to receive the Strengthening Communities Partnership. Read the Post-Gazette article, the Triblive article, & the WESA article!

Empowering residents to take over Vacant Property: PopCity explains how residents can use the Vacant Property Recovery Program to reclaim vacant lots for productive use. Learn more about the County’s limited time deal for applicants.

County Property Recovery Program Grows in Wilkinsburg: Diana Nelson Jones highlights how Allegheny County’s Vacant Property Recovery Program has worked in Wilkinsburg for restoring a historical condo and expanding a local business. Read more in the Post Gazette!

Hear Me 101 Project: Wilkinsburg: Hear the voices of Wilkinsburg speak in this video. High School Students engage in understanding their community and get involved in greening vacant lots.

Liquor License Referendum must wait another 2 years: Update on WCDC liquor license petition campaign effort reveals nearly half of required signatures obtained. Read more in the Post Gazette!

Local Business Hopes for Liquor Licenses: Check out what Salvatore’s Pizza House has to say about pursuing a liquor licensing referendum in Wilkinsburg in the City Paper.

Wilkinsburg’s Comprehensive Plan being implemented: Check out Wilkinsburg’s progress in the Pittsburgh Courier on page 3.

Greening Vacant Lots: Check out this article to find out what’s happening in Wilkinsburg to green vacant lots. Read more here in PopCity.

Liquor Licenses in Wilkinsburg: The WCDC will pursue a liquor licensing referendum in the May 21 primary. Thanks to everyone who attended our public meeting on January 9. Read the FAQ, find out more about the effort and read the review of the public meeting.

2012

Liquor License Public Meeting: The WCDC will hold a public meeting at on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Borough Council Chambers, 605 Ross Avenue, Second Floor. Join us with your questions & comments! Read some more about the effort in the Patch article and the Post Gazette!

Thanks to Penn State Landscape Architecture Students for their Designs!: Seven Penn State students presented their landscape designs for four vacant lots around Wilkinsburg on Monday, November 26. Their hard work is much appreciated! If you missed the event, check out some pictures! View the full reports of their projects here!

Historic Art Around the Neighborhood: Can you think of how many tributes to Abraham Lincoln Pittsburgh has? Did you know that Wilkinsburg has a Lincoln statue? Check out this article and take a virtual field trip!

Watch Ms. Jean’s Southern Cuisine on ‘Kitchen Nightmares’: This Wilkinsburg-based restaurant will appear on a new show on Fox, November 16 at 8pm. Read about it here!

Recycling Update: Don’t throw Away Electronic Devices: Allegheny County trash collection can not pick up covered devices such as computers, laptops, monitors and televisions. Read more about recycling & find places to recycle your electronic devices in the Allegheny County Recycling Newsletter.

PHLF Helps Transform Two Wilkinsburg Vacant Lots: See the story and photos of Piano Place Community Garden’s dedication.

Open House for Local Artist: The Landmarks Housing Resource Center hosts open house for local artist James Shipman to display his artwork.

Happy 125th Anniversary, Wilkinsburg: Join the Celebration events October 5-7!

Attack Theatre Gets Positive Reviews: Last call for Attack Theatre’s performance on Sunday, September 30! This will be the group’s last performance. Check out more details here.

Wilkinsburg’s 125th Gets Media Attention: Excitement about Wilkinsburg’s 125th anniversary celebration is building! Check out the Triblive article highlighting Wilkinsburg’s history and celebrations.

Art in the Park is Community Development: Read about Wilkinsburg CDC meeting its goals and the Community enjoying the summer through Art in the Park.

Celebrating the Lincoln Highway: Next year is the Lincoln Highway’s 100th Anniversary. Penn Avenue is part of the Highway. Look for the signs!

Biddle’s Escape offers Coffee and More: Read about it in the Post-Gazette here!

Wilkinsburg Makeover Funded: The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $500,000 grant for the environmental remediation necessary to demolish the Penn Lincoln Hotel. Learn More.

Wilkinsburg Housing Partnership Changes Lives: Watch the story here!

Wilkinsburg Receives Awards: Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group’s (PCRG) honored Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) with a Community Development Award for their Hamnett Place investment and Mr. James B. Richard with the Bob O’Connor Neighborhood Leader Award.

Vacant Lots being turned into Permaculture Gardens: Lazae LaSpina, a WCDC Design Committee member, is collaborating with a number of organizations to bring new gardens to Wilkinsburg. Read about it here!

Wilkinsburg Housing Partnership to Provide over 20 Home Renovations: Read the story from PopCity here!

Biddle’s Escape coffee shop opening in Wilkinsburg: PopCity reports on a new business here.

Good summer youth activities are top aim of Wilkinsburg CDC grants: PopCity reports on the availability of WCDC Youth grants here.

Wilkinsburg CDC Receives $350,000 for Continued Revitalization: Read the story from Pop City here or from the Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch here.

Completed Renovations mark continued revitalization in Wilkinsburg: The renovation of the Crescent and Wilson buildings by PHLF represents another important step forward for Wilkinsburg’s revitalization. Read the Post-Gazette article here.

2011

Grant Given to Wilkinsburg Youth Food Program: Wilkinsburg CDC gave a $3,000 grant to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry for their Youth Meal Partnership program that served youth over the summer. Read more here!

Change in Wilkinsburg: Business district undergoing boom: Things are getting brighter in Wilkinsburg, and the addition of newly refurbished, old-style streetlights in the borough’s business district is just one part of the town’s revitalization. Read more here.

WCDC Executive Director Highlighted: An article in the Point Park University POINT magazine features WCDC Executive Director Tracey Evans and the work that she is doing in Wilkinsburg. Read the article here.

WCDC Receives Grants For Street Lights: The WCDC received $20,000 from Duquesne Light’s “Power of Light” grant to refurbish all decorative light poles in the Wilkinsburg business district. Read more here!

Streetscape Improvements Coming to Wilkinsburg: PopCity highlights the WCDC’s efforts to beautify the business district. Through numerous grants from many stakeholders, improvements will be made to lighting, banners, trees and trash receptacles. Read the article here.

Wilkinsburg Community Garden Receives Funds: Allegheny Grows has announced that it will be funding several first year projects, including one in Wilkinsburg. The Hamnett Place Community Garden Association, in conjunction with Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, will be completing a garden on a 2 acre site in the neighborhood. Read more here.

Wilkinsburg Receives $289,500 For Continued Revitalization Efforts: On December 28, 2010, the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation received its second annual installment of funding from Tristate Capital Bank, totaling $289,500. The funding is part of a six year, $1.8 million commitment by the bank in order to assist the WCDC’s Business District Revitalization efforts. Read more in PopCity.

2010

Business District Beautification Projects in the News!: Greening up the Penn Avenue business district. To read more click here.

WCDC Design Committee member Lazae Laspina launches the Whitney Avenue Art Gallery “Houses in Waiting” project: Vacant houses spur art initiative in Wilkinsburg. To read more click here and here.

WCDC develops database of Business District for sale/for rent properties: Wilkinsburg CDC gets $10,000 grant for property inventory – click here to read more.

2009

Grant awarded to spur renewal in Wilkinsburg: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 17, 2009 – Click here to read more.

Wilkinsburg attracts more rehab investors: Pittsburgh Tribune Review, December 11, 2009 – Click here to read more.

TriState Capital Bank makes funding commitment to Wilkinsburg revitalization efforts: Pittsburgh Business Times, December 10, 2009 – Click here to read more.

Wilkinsburg CDC receives PNC grant to support main street efforts: Click here to read more.