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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 – more – Onorato Showcases County’s $10-million Investment in Braddock July 12, 2007 Page 2 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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