900 Wood Street
900 Wood Street
is situated on the corner of Wood Street and Ross Avenue, located in the central business district one block away from the historic train station, Wilkinsburg Borough building, police station, and fire station. Ample parking, bike-friendly routes, and a walkable distance from the bus-way that lead to other nearby amenities allowing for a convenient and desirable place to work.
Abandoned in 2005, the Kregar Building last housed a Subway Sandwich Shop with offices above. This building sat vacant for many years until Impact REdevelopment utilized a blight law to revitalize this location. Small business support organizations such as the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce, Wilkinsburg Community Advancement Association, and Mansmann Foundation currently occupy the second floor and offer resources to start-ups and growing businesses that want to be in Wilkinsburg. Affordable private offices and coworking options are also offered on the second level. The first floor is home to 9 Cafe, a Caribbean soul food restaurant, Jameelah’s Creations, a design/ maker, seamstress services/ apparel shop, and the future site for our Ground Floor Concepts business test runs.
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516 North Avenue
One block away from the MLK East Busway (which takes you to Downtown Pittsburgh in 10 minutes), a mile from I-376, and 1.5 miles to Shadyside and Bakery Square sits 516 North Avenue, a vacant duplex listed by the bank located in Wilkinsburg. In 2013 this block was occupied by families and long-time residents. As I evaluated the property, noticing the benefits of its location, but knowing the perceptions of the area, I speak with neighbors who were very welcoming. We took a chance, renovated, and leased the property. A year later, after reading a study about the benefits of clustering revitalization, more properties have been acquired, renovated, and leased on North Avenue.
Now in 2021, since focusing on the revitalization of Wilkinsburg clustered around the busway and central business district, over 25 buildings and vacant lots have been returned from vacant to vibrant. Our team looks forward continuing to better the community and collaborating with other groups to change the perception of an area.
1807 Atkinson Place
Blackridge is defined as the territory bounded on the west by Graham Boulevard, on the south by William Penn Highway, on the east by Beulah Road and the Churchill Country Club property, from the Churchill Country Club property along Orlando Place to Atkinson Place, Atkinson Place to Pine Way, and Pine Way to Graham Boulevard, and includes the properties fronting on both sides of said portions of Country Club Drive, Orlando Place, Atkinson Place and Pine Way.
This house on Atkinson Place sat empty for 6 years before Impact REdevelopment got involved. Title issues, threat of sheriff sale, and other liens made this a problem property for most to pursue. After 2 years of title resolutions and renovations, the property has now become home to the family.