Serving the community – A look back at some positive impacts from 2019

FAREWELL: Longtime MRCDC Coordinator of Resident Success and McKees Rocks Councilperson Maribeth Taylor has recently retired from both roles. Pictured sharing a joke are (l to r) Councilperson Liz Delgado, MRCDC Executive Director Taris Vrcek, Maribeth Taylor and resident Kate O’Brien during a retirement luncheon held last month at Black Forge Coffee House.  

Happy New Year!

Dear Friend,

The past year was one of growth, impact and tremendous project execution for the team at McKees Rocks Community Development Corp. (MRCDC) and ultimately for the residents here in Stowe Township and McKees Rocks.

Here are just a few of the positive impacts resulting from our team’s work in 2019:

During the May 2019 Roxian Theatre ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Roxian Theatre – 

The long-awaited $9 million Roxian Theatre renovation project launched to the public as a live music venue with a series of free open house shows May 9 and 10, 2019. 

The existence of a new art and cultural venue in our downtown has brought thousands of visitors to McKees Rocks each week.

The theater’s launch helped secure a $1.9 million PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund grant for MRCDC which will be used to create a new and much safer entrance to the downtown McKees Rocks business district. 

Stay tuned, because this money will be combined with other funding the Borough of McKees Rocks and MRCDC have already been awarded to complete the first phase of streetscape improvements on lower Chartiers Avenue.

RubyRide – 

A local rideshare program designed to eliminate “transportation” from the list of barriers that adversely impact the quality of life for our residents was announced. RubyRide is a game-changer that will help provide our residents with much-needed resources. The rideshare will provide rides to and from the grocery store, doctors, employment and education opportunities. Monthly membership is $30 for unlimited local rides. For more info, or call 412-504-RUBY.

Logo for Ringin’ the Rocks art and wine crawl by Sara Eve Rivera of PMA Tattoo in Stowe.

Ringin’ the Rocks – 

MRCDC worked with local businesses to conduct two Art & Wine Crawls that were positively received by residents and merchants alike. Stowe’s Broadway Avenue bustled as residents and out-of-town visitors weaved their way through a dense course of stations, enjoying art, wine and community along the way.

As we enter 2020, there is a renewed excitement for our projects, continued dedication to our communities and creative ideas that help us to fulfill our mission.

We are grateful to each and every one of our partners and grantors who help us do such important work for our neighborhoods.


The MRCDC Team

PS – Thank you for your support; we couldn’t do our work without people like you!