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West End businesses offer development plan

| Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A master plan that envisions West End becoming not only a destination site for Pittsburghers, but being renamed West End Village, is expected to be completed this fall.

"We want to build on your strengthens and find complimentary uses that will make the village even more of a destination site," said Alan Mountjoy, a principal in Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, a Cambridge, Mass., firm selected to develop the plan.

Mountjoy, speaking at an event Wednesday to introduce the master plan held at Artifacts on South Main Street, told an audience of about 100 that the village can have a riverfront as an additional attraction. Financing for a master plan came from a $150,000 state grant obtained by State Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, and a $30,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Reviva. The project is being sponsored by the West End Partnership, consisting of local businesses and residents.

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