Christian Morrow, New Pittsburgh Courier - Published on Monday, December 24, 2012
During the groundbreaking for the $11.5 million Homewood Station Senior Apartments development in Homewood, City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess recalled how his late mother asked him to work to rebuild the neighborhood. With this project, he said, he has started to honor her request. “I grew up two blocks from this site. I pastored a church for 30 years one block from this site and I married a girl from around the corner. I’ve lived here all my life and I can say without a shadow of doubt this is the most significant development in Homewood in 20 years,” he said. “This is the beginning of building a brand new commercial district in Homewood. This is what transformational development looks like.”
Joining Burgess for the Dec. 18 groundbreaking were a number of partners in the project, including Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Operation Better Block Executive Director Jerome Jackson, Oxford Development President and CEO Steven Guy, Community Empowerment Association founder Rashad Byrdsong and S& A Homes executive VP Andy Haines.