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Marimba Milliones, president of the Hill Community Development Corporation, at the Nov. 30 hearing of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The board heard from Hill District residents and advocates that day about Gaudenzia’s proposed residential rehabilitation facility. (Photo by Maranie Rae Staab/PublicSource)

Some community advocates see their plans for a cultural corridor in the Hill District of Pittsburgh slipping away.

Allegheny County officials celebrated the opening of a new STD clinic at the Hill House Blakey Program Center on Wylie Avenue on Feb. 14.

And five days later, the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment issued a decision that allows the nonprofit corporation Gaudenzia to build a three-story drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility a few blocks away.

It would join three other treatment centers already established along and near the Centre Avenue stretch envisioned to one day hold retail, restaurants and nightlife.

The Hill Community Development Corporation [CDC] has been leading the fight against granting Gaudenzia another prime location — both to preserve the potential for an African-American cultural epicenter and to protest that Gaudenzia primarily treats outsiders and not Hill residents, according to Hill CDC President Marimba Milliones.



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