Community Profile: Mt. Oliver Borough
Mt. Oliver is one of the oldest established boroughs of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Mt. Oliver is located on the southern part of the city on the banks of the Monongahela River where its original lands were purchased by the Ormsby family dating back far into the 1700’s. Mt. Oliver has a unique geography, as it is completely surrounded by the City of Pittsburgh. The Borough is a member of Economic Development South (EDS), a multimunicipal community development corporation serving South Pittsburgh and the South Hills communities.
Similar to many communities in the region, vacant and abandoned housing has plagued Mt. Oliver in the years following the decline of the steel industry in Pittsburgh. However, Mt. Oliver has taken significant strides to combat this issue. In partnership with GRB Law and CONNECT, the Borough is about to file a conservatorship petition, with a second possible one in the works.
With the help of EDS, Mt. Oliver is seeking the strategic acquisition of long-term blighted buildings. After acquiring blighted buildings, Mt. Oliver’s goal is to perform renovations and then turn around and sell or lease these buildings to those in the business community, with a special focus on small business owners. The borough is also considering a program that would allow prospective business owners, after the review of a viable working business plan, to rent or lease such property at subsidized rates so as to foster and spur economic growth.
The Borough is also working on Streetscape Project for the Brownsville Road Business District, including the installation of new sidewalks and green infrastructure. Additionally, to help increase parking for residents and businesses, the Borough is working to tear down a vacant building located on the corner of Brownsville road and Walnut Street and replace it with a parking lot in order to address the concerns of businesses by increasing the availability of parking.