Scott Wants to Revitalize Glendale
Scott’s new comprehensive plan is looking to boost small business development on Carothers Avenue.
Scott’s new comprehensive plan is hoping it can boost small business development in Glendale to revitalize the struggling Carothers Avenue corridor.
The township commissioners unanimously passed the multi-municipal comprehensive plan Tuesday night that will set in motion a 30-year vision of the area between Carnegie and Heidelberg.
The key will be developing walking areas, upgrading building facades and fostering new businesses along Route 50 and Carothers Avenue.
“If you improve the commercial area, that will (eliminate) the problem,” board President Tom Castello said.
Jim Pashek, the project manager, laid out the plan from a special committee that has met since September 2010 to put forward a vision for the township.
He said the need to create a “vibrant, attractive, mixed-use corridor” with office space that can fit into the neighborhood. Pashek said that might be able to improve building values on a notoriously troubled stretch in Scott Township.
“There are some challengers there, as you know,” he said.
The cost to the township is unknown, but he hoped the majority of improvements would be made by the private sector to “reinvest in these properties to add value.” However, Carnegie does currently have a program that helps businesses find funding or loans, and Scott might be able to combine with that initiative.
Heidelberg passed its version of the comprehensive plan on Feb. 21 and Carnegie passed its plan on Feb. 13.
Also during the meeting…
- The township is now accepting applications for Scott Pool lifeguards and has scheduled its swimming test for April 7 at Chartiers Valley High School. The board unanimously voted to request that “Scott Township residents are preferred” applicants.
- The township’s public works department is now looking for summer workers. The department will hire Scott residents who are at least 18 and are either entering college or currently enrolled.
- Scott’s Spring Earth Day will be held April 21.
- The commissioners approved the creation for a “casual position” in the municipal office for an as-needed basis. The person will be paid $10 per hour for part-time work.