February 2, 2016: “During the past five years, 31 businesses moved into Wilkinsburg, according to Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp. Executive Director Tracey Evans, a former councilwoman. She said the organization is working with business owners to keep them in the borough and improve storefronts with grant money.
Matching grants of up to $10,000 are available for interior improvements such as windows, floors, electrical and plumbing systems, accommodations for people with disabilities and safety equipment.
Hosea Ghafoor, owner of Soul Food Connection along Wood Street, has been in business more than 20 years. He said dilapidated buildings have to go.
“We are looking forward to new people and attitudes that Wilkinsburg can come back,” he said. “The good news is, it’s not too far gone.””