PITTSBURGH, PA (February 1, 2021) Mayor William Peduto was pleased to join Hill District leaders and community members today for the official ribbon-cutting of the CommuniTEA Café, an initiative of the Center that CARES, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, and the Mayor’s Avenues of Hope program.
The café in Centre Heldman plaza seeks to match the expertise of Hill District professionals with a learning lab for local youth. The coffee house will also offer special events and initiatives that will connect the community such as community conversations, book clubs, art displays, and jazz events.
The initiative is in line with the Avenues of Hope program from the Mayor and the URA, which seeks to reprioritize business district investments in diverse city neighborhoods.
“This project demonstrates a what can happen when government and the community have an honest dialogue and work together, and is the core mission of Avenues of Hope,” Mayor Peduto said. “We are working to realize the community's vision by supporting and investing in local entrepreneurs and neighborhood-based economic development initiatives.”
The Mayor was joined at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, Center that CARES CEO the Rev. Glenn G. Grayson, URA officials and many others.