Nonprofit group to announce effort to improve Allentown |

Nonprofit group to announce effort to improve Allentown

A nonprofit neighborhood group said it will announce Monday a state-funded effort to help improve the Allentown section of Pittsburgh.

“We will receive real funds to help revitalize our business community and help attract new businesses to the neighborhood,” said Aaron Sukenik, the Hilltop Alliance’s executive director.

Funding will come from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program as part of a partnership with the alliance.

The business district is about four blocks long in the Arlington-Warrington area.

Most of the money will come in the form of tax credits, to be acquired by corporate sponsors, Sukenik said.

“If a corporate sponsor provides $100,000, 80 percent of that amount will go towards tax credits which can be used to reduce the sponsor’s taxes,” he said.

Names of some corporate sponsors may be announced Monday, Sukenik said.

The money also will go toward improving housing, streets, sidewalks and social services for residents in Allentown, which is bounded by Mt. Washington on the west and the South Side Slopes on the east.

An announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday with civic and business leaders at the Allentown Learning & Engagement Center on Arlington Avenue. The Hilltop Alliance serves 11 of Pittsburgh’s most southern neighborhoods.

Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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