2006-2010 Accomplishments

 

Sept 2010 The Allegheny Commons Initiative of NSLC breaks ground on Phase 1 of the Northeast Quadrant Restoration. This phase will re-make the paths, lighting and infrastructure for the section of the East Commons that is home to the Farmer’s Market, Pumpkinfest, Celebration in the Park and other community festivals.

June 2010 NSLC acquires the 55,000sf Brewery Buildings in East Deutschtown and helps founder Tom Pastorius and a new group of investors restart Penn Brewery, Pittsburgh’s only production brewery. The project restores 40 jobs lost when the brewery closed a year earlier and preserves another 60 jobs in the small office tenants in the complex.

Jan 2010 NSLC forms the Northside Education Committee to provide a forum for community engagement on a comprehensive multi-neighborhood approach to Northside schools and education issues.

Jan 2010 NSLC releases the feasibility studies for the reconnection of the Allegheny Center Street Grid, undoing the urban renewal era alterations to the heart of Allegheny City. This project moved to engineering and design phase in 2011 with construction several years out.

Dec 2009 NSLC releases the feasibility studies for the conversion of the former St Nicholas Church on Rt 28, the site of the first Croatian Parish in the Americas, to the National Immigration Museum. The project later gains support from the Croatian Ambassador to the US and Pittsburgh’s preservation community.

2009 Huntington Bank makes a $300,000 committment under the PA Neighborhood Partnership Program to support NSLC Business Development efforts at the Northside Community Development Fund.

2009  The Pittsburgh Steelers make a $300,000 committment under the PA Neighborhood Partnership Program to support the Allegheny Commons Initiative.

2008 The Allegheny Corridor is designated by the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) as one of 3 strategic multi-neighborhood corridors in the city and then receives the program's first-ever grant.

2008 NSLC hosts 25th Annual Dinner and reaches over $100,000 in scholarships awarded to Northside students.

2008 Fifth/Third Bank purchases $2 million in New Markets Tax Credits as Northside Community Development Fund's (NSCDF) asset base grows past $5 million.

2007 All three entities (NSLC, NSCDF, and the Northside Chronicle) adopt newly revised business plans, setting a clear five year course.

2007 The pilot phase of the Allegheny Commons Restoration is completed at Cedar Avenue and East Ohio Street.

2006 NSLC strikes an agreement with Majestic Star Casino to protect Northside community interests. Commitments include a hiring preference for low income residents and $3 million in development funds.