The Columbus Square development in Manchester is a great example of a sustainable, inclusive neighborhood in Pittsburgh. What was previously a Brownfield site of land remediated to the Commonwealth has become a revitalized housing development, and one of the reasons Manchester attracts the best and brightest from around the city.
What most people don’t realize is that the Columbus Square we know today almost didn’t happen.
When the project began developers broke ground, contractors were hired, and work started in full-force. They got into the ground and ran into problems that would require a significant expenditure – one that was out of scope for the budget.
With the project officially stalled and the entire development teetering on the brink – our team sprang into action. In fewer than 48 hours we were able to secure $500,000 in funding for the project and get it back on track.
The money allowed the developers to finish the project and to create new infrastructure work including new utility service, sidewalks, park spaces, and the completion of a new city street connection.
In the end, the project received a “Building a More Perfect Commonwealth” Award from the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a juried statewide program that honors Smart Growth projects from across the Commonwealth.
The Columbus Square development in Manchester is another great example of bringing together government, private sectors, and our resident leaders so that citizens of the 19th District can benefit from the combined partnerships.
No single person can run the government or change our neighborhoods, but together there is nothing we can’t do. I’m honored to be your State Representative, and I hope you’ll join me in bringing more projects like Columbus Square to our lively district.