Joint effort could fight blight in Sharpsburg
Sharpsburg soon could get help in its fight against blight in the borough.
The Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone (ARTEZ) and the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group are teaming up for a one-year partnership that would focus on housing issues in the borough.
The two organizations plan to share a community program manager for Sharpsburg.
“That person will focus on housing-related issues and main street development,” Iris Whitworth, executive director of ARTEZ, said.
Whitworth said that person would be based in the ARTEZ office in Millvale and have a daily presence in the borough.
“We would work that out as part of the partnership,” Whitworth said.
The work in Sharpsburg would be an expansion of Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group's Imagining Communities program. The group previously has done work in the West End and South Hills areas.
The two organizations are applying for grant money to fund the position. Whitworth said the reinvestment group has done similar work before.
“We're pretty confident,” Whitworth said of grant money being secured.
If funding is received, the manager will help residents with mortgage issues and rehabilitation lending to maintain their homes. Councilman Matthew Rudzki said it would help with housing issues in the borough.
“It's a great tool for us to help improve our housing stock, to serve our residents, financing help, they offer mortgage help. It should be a big benefit to us,” Rudzki said.
Whitworth said the program would be a benefit for the community. A person will be selected for the position after funding is secured, she said.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Santa scheduled to visit Blawnox to light up holiday season
- Budget proposal keeps Fox Chapel tax rate steady
- St. Margaret Foudation Aspinwall Catholic students team up to bring holiday spirit to hospital patients
- Students work with Fox Chapel Area artist-in-residence to create permanent piece
- Store owner’s mother excited to help as holidays draw near