Mortgage dos and don’ts at next homebuyer’s club

The mark of Zorro was a giant “Z” carved with his sword. The mark of a smart homebuyer (someone like you) is knowing what you’re signing before you sign it! If you’re getting ready to take out a mortgage, attend our our next Homebuyer’s Club, where Anthony Cafardi, mortgage loan consultant from Citizens Bank, will […]

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May 17, 2017

New tenants sign lease for restaurant in Braddock

As Patrick Shattuck, real estate and community outreach director for Mon Valley Initiative, looks on, Miriam Strong and Fernando Espejel get ready to sign a lease for their new restaurant in the historic Braddock Free Press building. Along with Maria Delpilar, Espejel and Strong operate Brassero Grill, a successful and popular food truck serving tacos, […]

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Leadership Pittsburgh tours Swissvale project sites

Members of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIII learned about efforts to revitalize Swissvale during a walking tour of the borough on April 5. The tour was led by Patrick Shattuck, Mon Valley Initiative real estate director, and Stephanie Eson, MVI senior community outreach coordinator. About 10 people were greeted at lunch by Swissvale Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder, then […]

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$200,000 state grant will help make urban park possible

A $200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will help make a community park in the heart of Braddock a reality. Mon Valley Initiative announced today that DCNR is providing funds from the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund for construction of Braddock Civic Plaza, to be built on part of […]

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New program reimburses contractors for getting lead-paint safety certifications

Mike Mozart photo via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Are you a contractor or remodeling professional who works on older homes? If you need to be trained and certified to work with lead paint safely, you may be eligible for reimbursement, with help from a new program offered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. The Lead Safe Homes Contractor Training program will reimburse […]

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Saved from destruction, this Rankin home has proud new owners

Abandoned and covered in graffiti, this circa 1900 house in Rankin was an eyesore and about to be demolished. Today, completely renovated and updated to modern standards, it has a proud family calling it their new home. In late January, Oscar and Monica Daniels signed the paperwork to take ownership of this 2,800-square-foot house that […]

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New homeowner takes advantage of Charleroi program

Above, Lewis Farkas signs the papers that make him a new homeowner in Charleroi Borough as attorney Rick Mudrick assists. Last week, Farkas took advantage of down payment and closing cost assistance available in Charleroi through a program funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered on behalf of Washington County by Homestead-based Mon Valley […]

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MVI elects 2017 board of directors and officers

At their November meeting, members of the Mon Valley Initiative’s board of directors elected directors and officers for 2017. Eight directors were nominated by the 10 community development corporations that participate in the MVI coalition. They are: Dale J. Bizub (Turtle Creek Development Corp.) Jeb Feldman (Braddock Economic Development Corp.) Alix Garlitz (Greater Charleroi Community […]

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December 2, 2016

It’s #GivingTuesday — how does your gift go to work at MVI?

The day after “Cyber Monday” has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday,” and Mon Valley Initiative, along with other charitable groups, is participating. If you are thinking about making a year-end charitable contribution, we’d appreciate it. You can donate to MVI in one of three ways … Give directly to MVI, via our website, using a credit […]

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Community leaders mark milestone in Turtle Creek’s renewal

  Federal, county and local leaders joined members of Turtle Creek Development Corp. and Mon Valley Initiative to celebrate the creation of nearly $2 million of real estate investment in the Borough of Turtle Creek. The investment, including 17 rehabilitated single-family homes, has eliminated vacant properties and helped to stabilize several older neighborhoods. Cutting the […]

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