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Kittanning Revitalization To Make Market Street Bloom PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Ceschini   
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:47

KITTANNING REVITALIZATION TO MAKE MARKET STREET BLOOM

Kittanning’s Market Street will be blooming with color this summer, offering folks more reason to linger a while longer and enjoy the borough’s downtown.

Downtown Kittanning has seen much improvement of late with its new tree-lined sidewalks, vintage-style street lights and standing clock. Now the Kittanning Revitalization Committee –  the group spearheading those improvements – wants to further elevate the street’s look and appeal by installing flower baskets high up on the light poles.

“The committee wanted to green the place up,” said Roger Mechling, Kittanning Revitalization Committee member.

The hope is that a blooming Market Street might result in a more vibrant downtown.  Mechling noted that similar steps have been taken in other cities and towns. Adding colorful and charming elements like this to the downtown may give current business owners additional incentive to improve their properties and create an attractive environment that encourages more business.

It will cost close to $6,000 to pay the committee’s project partner – the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – to install the 24 wrought-iron flowering basket. The baskets will be affixed onto the light poles by the end of May. That cost is being paid for through a grant from The Smart Foundation.

However, additional donations are needed to pay a contractor to water and apply fertilizer to the plants using equipment that can extend to the baskets’ height.  

The summer-long maintenance will cost around $6,400. According to Mechling, the committee has already received a $1,000 donation.  The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Armstrong (RACA) is the agency which will help collect and disburse donations.  Tax deductible donations/checks should be made out to “RACA – Kittanning Revitalization” and should be mailed to the following address: 402 Market Street Kittanning, PA 16201.

The Revitalization Committee worked with the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners, the county’s Department of Planning and Development and Kittanning Borough to bring the project to fruition.

Further questions may be directed to Andy Bradigan at 724-543-3322 or Roger Mechling at 724-543-1120.

 
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