PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this morning for a project that aims to revitalize a local neighborhood.

There is a rebirth going on in Manchester, a revitalization and growth.

“These homes represent all the wonderful things that can happen when we continue to join efforts in making Manchester an exceptional community,” said Linda Nelson, of Manchester Citizens Corp.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and those from the community looked on with pride as the ribbon was cut and the first completed home at Columbus Square was dedicated.

“To take five years really shows you how difficult this work is,” said Mayor Ravenstahl. “Over the last five years, we’ve also put a tax abatement program in place, which is going to hopefully help sell these homes quicker. Folks will be able to afford them and for 10 years if you’re interested in these homes, your taxes will be abated both at the City of Pittsburgh and in the school district.”

Eventually, 31 units will sit on the development and the new homes fit right in with the older architecture in a neighborhood – that in 1975 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“I’m excited about it because I plan to own one,” said Tyrone Wright, of Manchester. “It’s an uplifting thing.”

There is more to report about the rebirth of Manchester. On Ridge Avenue, ground was also broken today for a new Taco Bell.

“We celebrated a new home there today, we celebrate a Taco Bell here now, but I think collectively and ultimately what we’re really celebrating is the rebirth of Manchester,” Mayor Ravenstahl added.

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