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One of York’s newest residents is a father of three and the type of customer local restaurants might want to please.
Since starting in his new role as York City’s economic and community development director last month, Leonardo McClarty said he’s used some of his free time to discover the beauty of Kiwanis Lake and the Springdale neighborhood. He’s taken in a York Revolution baseball game.
But he remains on the hunt for kid-friendly restaurants that can accommodate the needs of his twin little girls.
“I’ve got to have double high chairs and that kind of deal,” he said with a laugh.
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A York City businessman plans to gut a blighted downtown building to make room for a future restaurant.
Elliott Weinstein, president and CEO of Weinstein Realty Advisors, will soon be the owner of 45 W. Market St., the former Griffith-Smith menswear store.
York City’s Redevelopment Authority gave the $2,000 sale the green light Wednesday. Technically, the sale is not final until the paperwork is signed and money exchanged.
Weinstein said he’s hoping to take advantage of York County’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance, or LERTA, program, which is designed to incentivize economic development by stretching property taxes on improvements over 10 years.
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WILKES-BARRE, PA — The city’s director of Economic and Community Development on Wednesday detailed how his office spent nearly $2 million in federal money throughout the city last year.
The city receives three types of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Decelopment each year and is required to hold a public meeting to explain how the money was spent in the previous year.
Office of Economic and Community Development Director Kurt Sauer presided over that meeting Wednesday in council chambers. The spending is detailed in a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, which is available for review.
In 2013, the city received $1,563,671 in Community Development Block Grant funding, $112,690 in Emergency Solutions funding and $264,880 in HOME funding.
Locator map with the Bloomfield neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania highlighted. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Stability has been one of Bloomfield‘s strengths. During the East End’s worst years of blight and crime, Bloomfield went about its business while other neighborhoods got triage.
The drawback was being ignored.
Lawrenceville, Garfield and East Liberty came out of the mire with high-capacity staffs of community development nonprofits, while the Bloomfield Development Corp. morphed out of a merchants’ association with one staff person, Karla Owens, who left in 2012.
Now the Bloomfield Development Corp. is coming around the track on the inside, ready to assert the neighborhood’s presence with six years of funding, a new executive director and positive trends afoot.
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Joe Calloway has bought 39 homes this year in the city of Pittsburgh, mostly in south Pittsburgh communities such as South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Arlington, Allentown, Beltzhoover and Mount Washington.
His Allentown company, RE 360, finds properties selling for below-market value, either by word of mouth, industry sources or courthouse auctions. He renovates about 20 percent of them for resale and rents the other 80 percent to city residents.
“The city of Pittsburgh is attractive to me because I grew up here,” he said. “I know the area, and it’s important to invest in what you know.”
While Mr. Calloway — who has purchased more than $1 million in single-family homes this year — is the largest buyer of investment real estate in the city, he is hardly alone. According to RealStats, a South Side-based real estate information service, real estate investors have bought 1,111 homes within the city limits so far this year for a total of $85.4 million.
A 1947 topographic map of the Reading, Pennsylvania area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer announced his plan Wednesday to form a community development corporation dedicated solely to the city.
He said that in the past Reading has not taken a unified approach to attracting development.
Spencer added that efforts to develop Reading historically have been carried out by state or county development authorities, where the city isn’t always the top priority.
He said recent efforts generated by the city, like the Main Street designation and the purchase of properties in the 400 block of Penn Street, will soon become the purview of the Reading Community Development Corp.
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HARRISBURG – City officials will decide next week whether to allow tax breaks to entice badly needed development on 10 properties – most of which do not generate any revenue currently.
Representatives from the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, Hamilton Health Center, and the local public school district lobbied City Council’s Community Development Committee Wednesday night for a Keystone Opportunity Zone.
Target sites include four closed schools and the half-finished Capitol View Commerce Center abandoned by developer David Dodd, who’s now awaiting sentencing for defrauding the $28 million project of federal funds.
Harrisburg’s Midtown area is undergoing an arts/culture/entertainment renaissance aimed at transforming Midtown into a destination for Central Pennsylvania residents and beyond. This article gives some great insight on what is to come and details on this important project!
…When done, the $6 million HMAC complex will be an important piece of Midtown’s emerging arts corridor along N. 3rd St., joining two other projects expected to get underway this fall—the $5.5 million Susquehanna Art Museum two blocks north at 3rd and Calder and the Furlow Building, a $5 million apartment house renovation project just up the street…..
To read all about what’s going on in Midtown, click here:
Now that the weather is warmer and people are involved in more outdoor activities, we are noticing that problems are starting to escalate in the Washington Street Corridor. The Mercury reported two shootings, in the last week, in that general area as well as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to a third person.
It appears that noise and loitering are on the rise. Large groups of people hanging around with nothing in particular to do which is a recipe for disaster. Idle hands….
It has come to my attention that there is a particular hot spot of activity which needs to be addressed. If we are serious about cleaning up and stabilizing the core neighborhood through homeownership, we better start putting our money where our mouth is. The few homeowners in that area are sick of this behavior and are prisoners in their homes. You will never attract new homeowners with this sort of lawlessness being allowed to go on. Confronting these people is dangerous and should be handled by law enforcement professionals.
This activity is a black eye for Pottstown and continues to reinforce the stereotype that our community is a ghetto and unsafe. This is of course not true, but perception is hard to change. This problem area of town needs immediate and swift attention.
If we expect PAID to do their job, crime MUST be brought under control. How is PAID supposed to attract business and industry to Pottstown if this Wild West behavior is tolerated?? Who the hell will invest in Pottstown if we cannot get a handle on criminal activity?? The answer is Section 8 slumlords!
We need to start enforcing the laws we have on the books and being a little more clever. Again, I suggest cameras for problem areas and beefed up patrols. If we cannot get the criminal element in this town under control PAID is DOA!
While Jason Bobst, Pottstown Borough Manger, was talking about PAID and the future of Pottstown he mentioned two words – cooperation and coordination. I have pondered the importance of these two words in relationship to Pottstown since Thursday’s meeting. If I am being honest, we need to work harder at cooperation and coordination if we want Pottstown to “be all it can be’. It is a big job and will need the hard work of many people to make sure it happens.
No one group can successfully turn Pottstown around. It will take coordination and cooperation from elected leaders, citizens, the Pottstown School District, Montgomery County, business, industry, bloggers, print and online media and entities like PAID. We can not expect the new Executive Director to come in and wave his or her magic wand and fix 40 years worth of problems (unless we hire Merlin).
The new structure of PAID should be the model we use moving forward. We need a good cross-section of people, possessing a variety of skill sets and talents, working together for the betterment of our community. The coordination of efforts, a unified voice, mutual respect/cooperation, a positive attitude and the sincere belief that Pottstown can be transformed into something even better than it was during its industrial heyday are essential if we expect to be successful.
I leave you with the definition of cooperation and coordination for your consideration. Going forward, we should ask ourselves if our efforts are coordinated with the efforts of others and if we are working in the spirit of cooperation for Pottstown’s greater good.
1. an act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit; joint action.
2. more or less active assistance from a person, organization, etc.: We sought the cooperation of various civic leaders.
3. willingness to cooperate: to indicate cooperation.
4. Economics. the combination of persons for purposes of production, purchase, or distribution for their joint benefit: producers’ cooperation; consumers’ cooperation.
The year is starting off with gusto! Within the next few months there several events coordinated to keep us (the community) engaged in crime prevention and positive community development. Please select the link to CPR’s Calendar of Events to view the entire calendar. For March the Pottstown Police have developed a free Witness Training Program, giving the community the tools to recognize suspicious behavior and capture the important details that help them police more effectively. Let’s start this spring out right and set a precedent in our community that Drugs, Crime and Violence will not be tolerated.
The Borough of Pottstown will begin accepting applications for the Pottstown Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program on Monday, March 14th, 2011.
The Pottstown Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program is a cooperative effort between the Borough of Pottstown and Genesis Housing Corporation, Inc. Based on applicant eligibility and available funding, grants are available for major capital improvements and repairs to owner occupied dwellings in the Borough of Pottstown. Assistance has been provided by the Montgomery County Department of Housing & Community Development. A maximum of $40,000 per home is available, and requires the filing of an 8-year forgivable lien placed on the property.
A Building York summit was called by York Mayor C. Kim Bracey and her partners to identify economic and community development opportunities and challenges that face the York Metropolitan area. The summit means to: identify goals, educate the community, spur redevelopment in the urban core, accelerate investment, formulate new ideas, and create momentum, partnerships and a sense of urgency.
The goal of the two-day summit, which ended Thursday, was to formulate a plan of action from 2011 through 2015.
One of the cool events was the screening of a film called “My Tale of Two Cities” by Carl Kurlander. The film chronicles where Pittsburgh was, where Pittsburgh is and how Pittsburgh reinvented itself. Kurlander gave an inspirational talk to the large crowd and said things like: believe in the possible, what happens in York matters to everyone and do not tear down all the beautiful historic buildings! It was a message of hope and what can be accomplished if the entire York community pulls together.
Sessions offered to participants were on topics such as: sustainable infrastructure and Pennsylvania’s green economy, best practices in urban renewal, residential reinvestment and new methods and practices in urban redevelopment and investment. The sessions were followed by roundtable discussions, led by York civic and community leaders.
Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to York City and County leadership for working together to improve the entire York Metro area!