Sunday, November 24, 2013

Changes in Sheraden Station





        The area known to long time residents as Sheraden Station changed a bit over the weekend. Holiday decorations were put in place, including a large tree in front of Langley School. The Sheraden Community Council and Kiwanis Club work every year to create a festive atmosphere in the neighborhood.

        Directly across the street, demolition of the commercial structure at 2912 Sheraden Blvd began as part of the Family Dollar redevelopment of the former Sheraden grocery store. The building was home to several businesses over the years, but most notably a barbershop. It was acquired by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in March of 2011 for $35,500. The site is to be used for parking for the Family Dollar.



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sheraden in the News

Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto. Photo by Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette
        Sheraden has been getting some press lately. A Post-Gazette article published Tuesday highlighted recent remarks made by Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto at the annual meeting of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership. Peduto stressed the importance of the City administration working closely and supporting local non-profit and community organizations throughout Pittsburgh, especially in neighborhoods that have been left out of past revitalization efforts.

        Speaking about past collaborations involving public, private, and nonprofit partners, Peduto said "now we have to create a new model to see this transformation happen, so that places like Sheraden, and in Beltzhoover and in Manchester, those communities have an opportunity to be a part of this new economy as well."

        On Wednesday, Pop City highlighted ongoing efforts to revitalize Sheraden as part of PCRG's Reimagining Communities Initiative. Sheraden was selected as the initial community to benefit from the collaboration of PCRG, NeighborWorks Western PA, and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, and a partnership with the office of District 2 Councilperson Theresa Kail-Smith was established.

        This positive recognition of the neighborhood is a welcome sight to residents who feel that all too often,  Sheraden is unfairly depicted in an overtly negative way in the media.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Progress

        It's been nearly a year and a half since the Reimagining Communities Initiative started its on the ground efforts in Sheraden. Much has been accomplished in this relatively short amount of time to lay the foundation for continued and future revitalization.

        Perhaps one of the more promising signs of positive change is the number of ordinary community residents who have stepped up to take a direct role in these efforts. Residents have assisted with collecting property condition information, administering Experience and Perception Surveys, have canvassed their streets to speak to their neighbors about getting involved, have attended many community meetings and events, and continue to exhibit unparallelled pride and commitment to Sheraden. Whether small or large, these individual actions will prove to be critical to the success of any community development efforts.

         Here are a few of the highlights from the past 18 months in Sheraden, as well as a link to a recent Press Release about the program:

  • Over 1,000 properties surveyed for condition and vacancy by PCRG
  • Nearly 100 meetings with residents and contact with over 750 households by PCRG
  • 13 homeowners receiving assistance with needed home repairs by Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
  • 7 properties acquired for rehab and resale to homeowners by Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation
  • Over 80 families receiving financial counseling or foreclosure prevention assistance from NeighborWorks
  • Over 120 individuals attending public Financial Education Workshops by NeighborWorks
  • $400,000 in private investment secured by PCRG, NeighborWorks, and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh to support their work in Sheraden

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pancakes! People! Sheraden!

Packed house for the Kiwanis Club's annual Fall Pancake Breakfast
The Kiwanis Club of Sheraden held their annual fall Pancake Breakfast this past Saturday at the American Legion. The event, which ran from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, experienced REALLY great turnout. Over 250 tickets were sold for a delicious breakfast served by a very friendly and helpful corp of young people from the community.

A silent auction was also held for various gift baskets. The morning provided a great opportunity for Sheraden residents, past and present, to spend time with each other and their families while raising funds for an important community organization. PCRG was grateful to be provided an opportunity to administer its Resident Experience Survey at the event and connect with many new and familiar faces.