Duquesne street to get facelift
Duquesne is using state funds to improve its curb appeal and give a better first impression to businesses that may want to set up shop along the city's W. Grant Avenue corridor.
With a $200,000 Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant, Duquesne has taken on a City Gateway Improvements project that includes the demolition of existing islands and curbs along W. Grant Avenue from Route 837 to N. First Street. The islands and sidewalks will be rebuilt and landscaped with new trees, flowers and grass. The project will be accented by new light fixtures and a seat wall.
“This is our front door,” city manager Frank Piccolino III said. “This is a building block in Duquesne's Grant Avenue plan.”
A steering committee of five residents came together in 2011 to develop a comprehensive plan for development of the W. Grant Avenue corridor from Route 837 to Aurilles Street, Piccolino explained.
While the overall project will be a collaboration between the city, its redevelopment authority and its downtown business authority in coming years, the first wave of funded construction will begin in coming months.
An initial $25,000 was spent working with the Trafford-based Richard P. Rauso Landscape Architects to design an attractive, affordable entranceway to Duquesne's downtown business district. City council awarded a $151,100 bid to the Penn Hills-based Palombo Landscaping during Wednesday's council meeting.
“Duquesne, like many communities, cannot get these projects completed without outside help,” Mayor Phil Krivacek said. “We need assistance from the county, state and federal governments to do this kind of work.”
State Sen. James R. Brewster, who facilitated the CITF grant, said he is happy that Duquesne received funds.
“It's important. It's a great help to their city,” Brewster said. “Hopefully this project will bring more opportunities to generate revenue so that they can continue to rebuild.”
In order for an economically distressed community such as Duquesne to get back on its feet by attracting a tax base of new residents and businesses, Krivacek said, it's important for the community to illustrate that it has something to offer.
“This is the main corridor of the city of Duquesne,” Krivacek said. “Improving this entranceway to the city is the beginning of a project that can help us. We want to continue working up Grant Avenue block by block. This area has to look good if we want to attract people to our downtown.”
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956. or email@example.com.
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.
- More work to begin on Homestead-Duquesne Road
- Steel Valley extends superintendent’s contract
- Steel Valley rejects bids, says restrooms will be constructed in-house
- Intrepid VFW post in West Mifflin earns all-state designation
- Elizabeth Forward board OKs cost to move trailer
- Legos, computers draw students to Elizabeth Forward tech camp
- Elizabeth Township business forum draws a crowd
- Homestead summit addresses ways to help inmates transition after prison
- 3 charged in carjack attempt in Duquesne
- 4-D Theater debuts at Kennywood
- Several McKeesport party-goers arrested for hindering shooting investigation