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					                         COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY
                               Office of the Chief Executive
                               101 Courthouse · 436 Grant Street
                                     Pittsburgh, PA 15219
 Dan Onorato                Phone (412) 350-6500 · Fax (412) 350-6512
Chief Executive                   www.county.allegheny.pa.us




    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                   CONTACT: Kevin Evanto
    July 12, 2007                                                     412-350-3171 office
                                                                      412-352-4075 cell


           Onorato Showcases County’s $10-million Investment in Braddock
       Walking tour includes ribbon cutting, check presentation and groundbreaking for new projects


    BRADDOCK — Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato today celebrated the
    continuing revitalization of Braddock during a walking tour of the community, which included a
    ribbon cutting for the Good Shepherd Parklet, check presentation for the Braddock Urban Farm,
    and groundbreaking for the Library Street Basketball Courts.

    “Allegheny County has invested nearly $10 million in Braddock during the last four years, which
    has leveraged an additional $9.0 million in federal, state and private investment,” said Onorato.
    “It’s essential to Braddock’s economic viability that we create affordable housing, develop
    recreational opportunities, and provide human service programs to attract families and encourage
    business growth. We’ve been working hard to do all of these things, and we aren’t done yet.”

    The tour began with a ribbon cutting and dedication of the Good Shepherd Parklet on Frazier
    Street at Maple Way. Allegheny County provided nearly $113,000 in Community Development
    Block Grant funding to transform the Good Shepherd School’s gravel parking lot into a paved
    community park with areas for games and activities for children.

    “With Allegheny County’s help, we turned a beat-up gravel lot into a beautiful gathering place
    for our children,” said Good Shepherd’s Father Thomas Wagner. “During the school year, we
    were able to take our gym classes outside, and our reading teachers made great use of the story
    corner. Even with school out for the summer, we see neighborhood children riding their bikes
    and playing kick ball in the parklet.”

    Several projects were highlighted during the Chief Executive’s walking tour, including: $7.3
    million in new housing; acquisition and demolition of five acres of vacant and delinquent
    properties; $426,000 transformation of an alley into the Maple Way pedestrian streetscape; and
    human service programs at the Braddock Employment & Training Center.

    During the tour, United States Steel Corporation announced a $25,000 grant to assist with the
    Braddock Urban Farm, an initiative of the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, Penn


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State Cooperative Extension, Grow Pittsburgh, Keys Service Corps, AmeriCorps, and Borough
of Braddock to establish an urban farm on eight blighted and abandoned lots, which will provide
job opportunities for low-income residents.

“United States Steel is glad to provide our support to the Borough of Braddock through our
contribution to the urban farm,” said U.S. Steel Vice President of Operations George Babcoke.
“Our company has called Braddock home for more than 100 years, and we welcome the
opportunity to partner with Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Braddock
Mayor John Fetterman in their efforts to revitalize this historic Mon Valley community.”

Chief Executive Onorato also joined Mayor Fetterman and Braddock Council Member Jesse
Brown at a groundbreaking for the Library Street Basketball Courts. Allegheny County is
providing more than $112,000 to construct two basketball courts along Library Street. The land
was acquired through Allegheny County’s Vacant Property Recovery Program and donated to
Braddock for the recreational facility.

“We’ve built wonderful partnerships that enable us to touch every corner of Braddock,” added
Onorato. “It’s important that we work to revitalize the core of this community before we begin
the redevelopment of the Carrie Furnace site along the riverfront.”

Work on the Braddock Urban Farm is scheduled to begin this month. The design for the Library
Street Basketball Courts has been approved and the project is scheduled to go to bid.


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