GTECH Strategies is working with the Hilltop Alliance to reclaim vacant lands in southern neighborhoods of the city and is looking for 10 residents interested in establishing a project. The deadline is Sept. 3.
These vacant land “ambassadors” would be vetted and chosen based on the strength of their applications for micro grants of $3,000 each to make something happen on a vacant lot.
GTECH will coordinate the volunteers, provide materials and training sessions.
“We are in the process of finding some ideal sites” for applicants who may not have a site in mind, said Sara Innamorato, communications specialist for GTECH. “We do encourage ambassadors to propose one that they have in mind.”
The project spun out of a report that GTECH and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy created after research and site visits in 2012. The “green toolbox” report identified more than 400 acres of vacant land in these neighborhoods.
The neighborhoods targeted for this greening strategy are Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Knoxville, Mount Oliver, Mount Washington, Southside Slopes and St. Clair.