At the Duquesne Plaza Shopping Center a Family Dollar store and a Cricket store joined the new Citi Trends store and the revitalized Save-A-Lot store. The new owner of the plaza completed the renovation of the property to include a new fašade, repairing the parking lot and lighting and roofing improvements that helped in securing the new tenants. One storeroom is available for lease. Once this is completed the plaza will be 100% occupied.
Mayor Krivacek commented, "For years we've been seeking to improve this key property in the City. The new owner pledged to make substantial improvements and bring in more retail stores. Having a grocery store like Save-A-Lot is a great asset that many towns would like to have. The new Save-A-Lot store is brighter, cleaner, and more up-to-date with new product lines. Citi Trends, Family Dollar and Cricket offer new shopping opportunities for area residents. We believe the revitalized center is the start of existing new development in the center of the City."
Grant Avenue Project Announced
Mayor Phil Krivacek and City Council recently announced plans to revitalize the Grant Avenue Corridor in the Center of the City. Realizing the new investment at the Duquesne Plaza Shopping Center and the continued redevelopment at the RIDC City Center, City officials are now focusing on the revitalization of Grant Avenue. The City has reached out to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne and the Duquesne Business Advisory Corporation to partner with them on this initiative.
To this point a comprehensive survey of Grant Avenue properties has been undertaken, resources have been identified and a revitalization strategy is being discussed.
According to Mayor Krivacek, "A few years ago the City and our development partners prepared a plan for revitalizing the center of the City. This resulted in helping us get a new owner of the Duquesne Plaza where over $1.5 million has been invested and we see new stores and jobs. Also, we were able to secure funding from Allegheny County for our "Gateway Project" to dress up key intersections in the City's center. We see an opportunity to continue the improvements and create new development opportunities along Grant Avenue."
Over the next few months the City and its development partners will be providing further information on the progress of Grant Avenue revitalization.