Tarentum approves seed capital for West Seventh Avenue renovation plan

This time next year, Tarentum’s West Seventh Avenue shopping corridor could look brand new with updated facades on many storefronts.

That’s the hope of the council, which last week agreed to provide seed money for a redevelopment plan by Faith Community Partners (FCP). The non-profit organization worked for a few years on a regional plan for Tarentum, Harrison, Brackenridge and other nearby communities.

The group targets burn remediation, recreation, economic development and branding.

Efforts over the past year or so have intensified with specific plans for a West Seventh Avenue refresh.

“The good thing is that through recent conversations, we will be able to add projects to East Tarentum as well,” said board chairman Scott Dadowski.

The board approved expenses of up to $10,000 to get it started.

“They want to start from scratch with artist renderings,” Dadowski said. “This will continue throughout the city. I am totally for it.

Councilman Brian Snyder agreed that now was the perfect time to launch the project.

“It has to be done, and it’s in the best interest of the borough,” he said.

Board member Carrie Fox said a partnership with the CPF would add momentum to any work.

“We can build each other up,” she said. “They have a network of resources.”

Faith Community Partners officials said they aim to seek funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for facade improvements and other work.

“We look forward to working hand-in-hand with the borough,” said David Rankin, FCP’s CEO. “We hope this will bear fruit.”

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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