WCDC Makes Progress On Main Street Application

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For the past two years Wilkinsburg residents, business owners and organizations have been hard at work to finish the grant application to the State Department of Economic and Community Development (DCED) for Main Street Funding. Since October 2006, Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) board and committee members have held more than 144 meetings with at least 100 different individuals who have participated and 1,008 hours of volunteer work towards this effort. 

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Our commitment to date: Chaired by Katie Hespenheide of Flynn Construction, the fundraising committee, which was formed in January 2008, started the fundraising in July. Of the $125,000 needed to apply we have secured $74,190!

Thank you – Wilkinsburg!

Our Supporters: 

South Ave. Methodist Church Borough of Wilkinsburg

 Flynn Construction Mayor John Thompson Wilkinsburg Beverage Leslie Patterson 

Stanton Electric Jim Richard

 James Floral Tracey & Chris Evans

 Kenyon Jewelers Clark Walter Bridges to the Future Jan Maczka  Catered Elegance William Schenck III Hope National Gas Katie Hespenheide

For 2009: 

Beginning in 2009 the WCDC will begin our first round of Façade Improvements with funding from DCED. Keep an eye out for additional information in the Sun or contact Tracey Evans at 412-361-3692.

 We will open an office space with staff no later than June!

We will be developing a master site plan for the central business district with the Borough, Delta Development and BurtHill Architects. Through a series of meetings in the spring and a design charette in March, we will develop a 10-year plan for Penn Avenue and Wood Street along with some of South, Ross and Hay streets. 

Each of the Main Street Committees: Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotion and Organization will begin implementing their five-year plans.

In order to help keep you updated as we move forward, we have received funding from PNC Foundation to hire a Marketing Consultant. Thank You PNC!

Help us Revitalize our Business District!

Contact Katie Hespenheide at 412-243-2483 or khespenheide@flynn-construction to make your pledge of support.

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