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Local Group Rallying To Keep Hill District Moving With Impending Shop 'N Save Closure

The Hill Community Development Corporation will host a meeting Thursday evening

February 21, 2019 - 12:48 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With the impending closure of the Hill District's only grocery store, local groups are rallying to keep the neighborhood moving forward.

The Hill Community Development Corporation will host a meeting Thursday evening with an update on the Shop ‘n Save closure.

President and CEO Marimba Milliones told KDKA Radio's Lynne Hayes-Freeland,

“I know that (City Councilman Dan Lavelle) and the (Urban Redevelopment Authority) have been working diligently on finding an operator for the grocery store which is excellent because we need intervention so I think that’s going to be an important part of us moving forward as a community.”

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Milliones added the grocery store faced some unaccounted for challenges.

“When Hill House association did their market studies and planning they had accounted for the lower Hill District development being online and being able to draw from some other markets so that obviously has been a challenge.”

She said that Hill residents spend over $15 million a year, but most of it outside the Hill District. 

“It is not that the Hill District community cannot support it’s own it’s not that the Hill District does not have the capital to support its own grocery store. It is what is the right merchandising, the programing, the right fit for this community,” said Milliones.

Milliones hopes that development will begin this year.

The meeting at 6 p.m. at the Jeron X. Grayson Center on Enoch Street will also feature updates on the Hill House and the Community Land Trust.

Attendees should RSVP online.

 

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