Wolf Administration Celebrates Continuing Braddock Revitalization Efforts at Groundbreaking for Braddock Civic Plaza
Harrisburg, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders in groundbreaking ceremonies for the Braddock Civic Plaza, a new community park in the heart of Braddock, Allegheny County.
“The Wolf administration is committed to making investments like this, that create significant community impacts, all across the commonwealth,” Secretary Davin said. “The Braddock Civic Plaza ties together the overall vision for this community. This space, when completed, will be the centerpiece of a revitalized downtown.”
Earlier this year, the department approved a $250,000 Keystone Communities grant to assist with the project, which will provide needed greenspace and a new focal point on Braddock Avenue for businesses and nearby residents. Administered by DCED, the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.
Additionally, DCED approved Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits to corporate partners in Braddock that committed a total of $1.2 million over six years to fund community development work in Braddock.
“What a great day for Braddock,” said Laura Zinski, CEO of the Mon Valley Initiative. “An investment like this $1 million shows how much people believe in this community.”
The Department of Conservation of Natural Resources, the Allegheny Foundation, the Grable Foundation, the RK Mellon Foundation, and Allegheny County also provided funding for the project which, along with the contribution from DCED, totals $1 million.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132