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 visited the former Madonna del Castello Roman Catholic Church on Duquesne Avenue, which was converted into condominiums by MVI in 2011.

Leadership Pittsburgh visitors also saw several homes on Monongahela Avenue that have been renovated for resale by MVI, as well as the former Denniston Elementary School, which is scheduled to be converted into condominiums by MVI in 2017 and 2018.

Also participating in the tour were Eric Baldwin, president of the non-profit Swissvale Economic Development Corp., or SEDCO, which is MVI’s community development partner in the borough; borough manager Clyde Wilhelm; and borough council president Michele Stanton.

For more information about Leadership Pittsburgh’s programs, visit www.lpinc.org.