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Allentown Projects

Big things are happening in Allentown!

For the most up-to-date info on what is going on in Allentown, be sure to check out the Allentown CDC website, Facebook, and Twitter!

 

Business District Revitalization

Hilltop Alliance and the Allentown Community Development Corporation (ACDC) recently announced a $1.5 million investment in Allentown over the next six (6) years through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development's (DCED) Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) and annual commitments from partners Dollar Bank, PNC Bank, and UPMC Health Plan.

A large component of the NPP is the revitalization of East Warrington Avenue, the neighborhood's main business corridor.  Home to local favorites like Alla Famiglia and neighborhood staples like Amsler's Pharmacy, East Warrington Avenue most recently welcomed Sweet Peaches Catering Company, Work Hard Pittsburgh, and Leon's Caribbean Restaurant. 

To help fuel the district's momentum, Hilltop Alliance hired an Allentown Business District Manager in late October 2014.  Siena Kane links prospective businesses to property owners with available space and provides support to new, viable businesses through available grant funding.

Business Rent Abatement

Eligible new businesses that sign a multi-year lease in a vacant commercial storefront in Allentown (on East Warrington, Arlington, or Beltzhoover Avenue) may apply for the Allentown Rent Abatement Program which offers to pay 50% of the business's monthly rent, up to $400 per month, for one (1) year.  Other grant funding is available to support marketing and outreach for new businesses, such as exterior business signage.

All applications for grant funds available are subject to review by the Allentown Business District Committee.  Applicants are encouraged to present a comprehensive business plan with their grant submission.  Special consideration will be given to tech and business startups, main street business, and neighborhood-serving retail, as prescribed in the 2014 Allentown Neighborhood Plan Update.

For more information on grant programming available for new businesses, or to apply for our Business Rent Abatement program, download the application or contact Siena Kane at 412-712-3306.

Industry on Industry

Industry on Industry is a new subcategory to the Hilltop Alliance's current rent abatement program (above), which has helped welcome eight new brick and mortar businesses to the neighborhood since the program began. The Hilltop Alliance will pay for 50% of the rent for two years for new artists/makers to locate their business to this property in Allentown as part of the Industry on Industry program. In return for the rent subsidy, participants are asked to develop a temporary public art project in the neighborhood. A small material budget is offered in addition to the rent subsidy.

The program is seeking artists and makers with an interest in becoming part of the larger neighborhood. Industry on Industry aspires to keep the participants in the neighborhood long-term after the rent subsidy by offering affordable workspace, supporting their business growth and development, and involving them in other community activities.

The primary location for Industry on Industry is a 20,000 sqft. building owned by RE360, which is currently home to a cabinetmaker, woodworker, fabrication artist, and event space and sits at 829 Industry Street adjacent to the reemerging East Warrington Avenue. The raw, historic warehouse concrete floors, several loading docks, shared space, 24-hour access, and is the perfect location for artists and makers looking for space at an affordable cost.

To apply for Industry on Industry, download the application or contact Siena Kane at 412-412-3306. 

 

Residential Property Stabilization

As part of the implementation of our Allentown/Beltzhoover Housing Market Restoration Strategy (PDF available for download on Google Drive), we will be reaching out to property owners and presenting opportunities for sale of property or renovation grants through the Urban Redevelopement Authority of Pittsburgh, the City of Pittsburgh, and those of our partner organizations.  If you are an Allentown property owner, please contact Program Director Tim Dolan at 412-586-5807 to find out what grants you may be eligible for.

For more information on our successes in the Hilltop neighborhoods, please read the article Diana Nelson-Jones wrote about us in her Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Walkabout" column by clicking here.