Tax Base Expansion Ordinance

The Borough has been working with the Wilkinsburg School District and Allegheny County through a joint tax committee to create a series of programs to address the shrinking tax base. The ordinance contains a willing seller program to make it easier to acquire tax-delinquent and abandonded buildings for renovation, without having to pay more than their current value in delinquent taxes. It also contains a 10-year graduated tax abatement on commercial properties, and a residential tax abatement on new construction and rehabs. Other title clearing methods and efforts to gain efficiencies through cooperation of the taxing bodies will be explored. The aim of these efforts is to reduce barriers to private investment in the Borough and to enhance existing and upcoming economic development projects. Please download and review the Tax Exemption Application and the Tax Compromise Application for more information. Completed applications should be submitted to the Borough Manager's office.

Peebles Square

The Peebles Square Development on Peebles Avenue, Trenton Avenue and South Avenue is currently under construction. The developer is ACTION Housing. The project will consist of at least 12 new homes, and the renovation of 6 row houses and 1 single-family house. Work on the row houses and the single-family home is complete as of June 2008, and four of the townhouses have been sold. The demolition of dilapidated homes in the project area is also complete. The first phase of new home construction is planned for Spring/Summer of 2009. All of the properties will be sold to qualified buyers.

Hamnett Place Neighborhood

In a growing partnership between the Borough and County, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation has renovated seven historic houses, the 27-unit Crescent Building, as well as several other large buildings in this central part of the Borough, and is looking to do work on more properties in the area. The homes that were renovated are on Jeanette Street and Holland Avenue. PHLF is applying for funding for a third phase of the project that would include new construction as well as renovation of several single family homes and a multi-unit building.

McNary Boulevard

Working with Allegheny County, Forest Development Corporation built three new homes on McNary near Paden Street. The houses were completed in 2006 and were all sold quickly.

Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program

This program is run through the Allegheny County Economic Development Department, and is intended mainly for the acquisition of tax delinquent sidelots by adjacent owners. It also allows for the purchase of certain tax delinquent structures by qualified buyers. Please download and review the application for more information. Completed applications should be submitted to the Borough Manager's office.

Announcements
Constituent & Community Relations Meeting

The Constituent and Community relations meeting for today, 2/9/2017, at 10am has been cancelled due to the weather.

Posted: 2/9/2017
Community Calendar

Our website is currently under construction. If you're looking for meeting dates, they will be up within the next few days. If you need meeting dates any sooner, feel free to call the borough main office at 412-244-2900.

Posted: 2/2/2017
Municipal Service Fee (Refuse Pickup)

FYI - Municipal Service Fee statements will be mailed out soon. The fee for 2017 will be $200.

Posted: 2/2/2017
Public Forum for Wilkinsburg Gateway Sign

A public forum to share the finalist designs for the new Wilkinsburg Gateway sign will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 6PM in the 2nd floor Council Chambers at the Borough Building. All are welcome.

Posted: 2/1/2017
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Please be advised- The Borough Offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Posted: 1/13/2017
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Community Calendar
1/26/2017
Special Events Committee

6:30 PM - Council Chambers

1/25/2017
Shade Tree Committee

6:30 PM - Council Chambers

1/25/2017
Blight Committee

5:30 PM - 1st Floor Conference Room

1/25/2017
Capital Planning Committee

7:00 PM - Council Chambers

1/23/2017
Joint Tax Committee

5:30 PM - Council Chambers

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