JRHSS

 

JOHN ROEBLING'S HISTORIC SAXONBURG SOCIETY
MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

2011
  • PennDOT award of $1.6 million through Pennsylvania Communities Transportation Initiative for funding of Phase 1 Main Street Infrastructure Improvement Project. Construction is scheduled
  • Anticipated Butler County Planning award of $56,982 for storm water installations on Main Street through the DCED Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).
  • Completion of household income survey to qualify Saxonburg for CDBG funds throughout Borough.
  • Begin development of Borough-wide stormwater plan and application for funding.
  • Held public meeting to present the Main Street Infrastructure Improvement project.
  • Project manager of monthly overhead and underground utility coordination meetings for Main Street project.
  • Assisted local business with special event promotion and achieved their attendance goal.
    Co-organized Car Cruise seasonal events. Promotion is ongoing.
2010
  • PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED) award of $373,207 for the Plans, Specifications & Engineering preconstruction for the Main Street Infrastructure Improvement Project
  • Butler County Planning award of $58, 017 for storm water installations on Main Street through the DCED Community Development Block Grant Program.
  • Accumulated a facade program reimbursement total of $54,781 awarded to property owners for $122,694 in private-funded facade improvements in the Main Street commercial district since 2008.
  • Assisted local Knoch High School Student with short film competition through Young Preservationist Society. Student received first place and scholarship funds.
  • Business outreach offering marketing assistance. Co-organized and promoted car cruises/craft markets. Produced annual events guide, distributed regionally and through Heinz History Center.
  • Hosted tour of Saxonburg for Butler County Planning Commission CDBG coordinator and DCED consultants regarding stormwater issues affecting entire borough (beyond the business district).
2009
  • Butler County Planning award of $28,002 for storm water installations on Main Street through the DCED Community Development Block Grant Program.
  • Led organization of itinerary for visitors from Muhlhausen. Included new community photo and special tour hosted by the Heinz History Center. Received regional publicity.
  • Expanded Roebling exhibit at Saxonburg Museum; highlighted his bridge designs during Saxonburg years.
  • Revived defunct car cruise; developed it into a Main Street event. Held 6 events. Conducted consumer survey. Produced annual events guide. Outreach to community organizations, schools and businesses.
  • Hosted Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper on tour of Saxonburg and the Main Street project.
2008
  • Achieved Pennsylvania Certification of the Saxonburg Historic District. Earned protection of Historic District through Council adoption of the Historic District Overlay Ordinance.
  • Initiated Sister City program with Roebling’s birth home of Muhlhausen, Thuringia,Germany.
  • Expanded summer event to reach regional audience and provide survey. Created new winter event.
  • Produced annual events guide, highlighted retail businesses and area as a destination.
2007
  • Completed the Saxonburg Design Guidelines as a working reference source for the Historic District.
  • Introduced cast pewter collectible to honor the 75 years of the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company. This was the 4th pewter casting produced in a series commemorating Historic Saxonburg.
  • Produced events guide and Cable Newsletter.
  • Held three public meetings.
2006
  • Accepted into the DCED Main Street Program at the year two level, bringing over $120,000 in facade
    approvement program funds to property-owners and over $90,000 for Main Street Program.
  • Produced events guide and Cable Newsletter
2005
  • Reorganized from a council-appointed ad hoc Saxonburg Historic Main Street Committee into the
    nonprofit corporation, John Roebling’s Historic Saxonburg Society, (JRHSS) to partner with the Borough of Saxonburg in seeking solutions to funding the Saxonburg Revitalization Project
  • Raised $45,000 in local match funds and applied to the DCED Main Street Program.
  • Held public meeting to present the Main Street Program concept and Streetscape Master Vision Plan.
  • Produced events guide and Cable Newsletter
2004
  • Streetscape Design & Site Development Master Vision Plan was developed by Klavon Design Associates.
  • Created models of historic gas lamp, bench and birdhouse. Produced events guide and the Cable.
  • Produced pewter cast collectible of Dr. Mershon’s Office; third in a series.
2003
  • Saxonburg’s historic district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Saxonburg joined the Pennsylvania Downtown Center which works with the Dept. of Community and Economic Development and coordinates successful revitalization programs using the National Historic Trust’s four-point approach.
  • Produced events guide and the Cable Newsletter
2002
  • Borough appointed an ad hoc committee, Saxonburg Historic Main Street Committee (SHMSC) to prepare a plan and recommendations for the Revitalization of the Main Street Historic District.
  • Produce events guide and the first Cable Newsletter. Develop walking tour brochure.
2001
  • Began promotions for Saxonburg through: Events Brochure, Blooms Beautification project, “The Cable” Newsletter, Erection of Bulletin Boards, Group Tours, and Walking Tour Pamphlet.
1999
  • The Comprehensive Plan (prepared by Mullin & Lonergan Assoc.) was published.
1997
  • A group of residents organized a Town Meeting to discuss the attributes of Saxonburg and its future.
    The consensus was that Saxonburg’s primitive German village atmosphere and historic landmarks should be maintained because, together, these attributes create a good environment in which to raise families and conduct business.

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