Allentown Community Development Corporation

The Allentown CDC’s mission is to improve Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood with better housing, public safety, community awareness and community connectedness in order to make the neighborhood a more vibrant place for people to live, work, and play.

If you are a member of Allentown and would like to get involved and make a difference contact us.

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History

  • In 2004 three community groups, the Allentown Civic Association, the Allentown Business Association and the Allentown Main Street Committee, put aside their personal agendas in favor of uniting their individual groups to form the Allentown Community Development Corporation. The group proceeded with the year-long undertaking for the good of the one-third square mile neighborhood.

    Shortly after the merger the ACDC, an all-volunteer organization, leveraged donated office space into an opportunity to utilize community organizers provided through grants from City Council and the Hilltop Methodist Church. In addition to working with youth groups, block watches and elderly in the neighborhood, the organizers also facilitated an application with the AmeriCorps VISTA program. The ACDC was awarded two VISTAs to work with the organization.

    The ACDC has had a long history of partnerships in the community. They were instrumental in bringing the Zone 3 Police Station to the Hilltop; as Allentown Civic, it worked with the South Side Local Development Company on the first Main Streets Program; partnered with their Beltzhoover neighbors on the Hilltop Homes project, on a fresh food stand and more.

  • The Allentown CDC, in cooperation with the Mount Washington CDC has instituted a safety program along E. Warrington Avenue in 2010 that encouraged businesses and property owners to install lighting, cameras, fencing and doors leading to outside corridors. As part of the program, the ACDC added its fourth mural in the neighborhood at the corner of E. Warrington and Beltzhoover avenues.

    Allentown continues to work with its partners and neighbors, currently as a charter member of the Hilltop Alliance, on Main Streets Program concentrating on East Warrington Avenue.

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