Business Development

Save-A-Lot Grocery Store

In partnership with the State, Allegheny County and the Wilkinsburg Municipal Authority, the Save-A-Lot grocery store project was completed in 2006 and is now serving residents from its central location on Penn Avenue in the heart of the Wilkinsburg business district.

Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation

WCDC is a registered non-profit corporation, working in partnership with the business community, property owners, and residents of Wilkinsburg to foster economic development and improve the Wilkinsburg business corridor and quality of life within its boundaries. The WCDC was founded in 2007 and is the community applicant for the Neighborhood Partnership Program, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and TriState Capital Bank.

WCDC’s mission: To revitalize Wilkinsburg and surrounding areas through business and residential development; organizational and individual civic leadership; and cultural enrichment.

Find out more about how WCDC is making Wilkinsburg a better place to live, shop and do business at www.wilkinsburgcdc.org or by visiting the WCDC office at 1001 Wood Street.

Wilkinsburg Train Station

The Borough and Allegheny County Economic Development Department are currently exploring possible renovation of the historic train station on Ross Avenue and Hay Street. The project is in its infancy and is expected to take several years.

Tax Base Expansion Ordinance

The Borough has been working with the Wilkinsburg School District 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 Temporary Tax Exemption Application and the Tax Compromise Application for more information. Completed applications should be submitted to the Borough Manager’s office.