Keystone CORE Services
About & History
In 2009, Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) created a subsidiary nonprofit organization called Keystone C.O.R.E. Services, Inc. (KCS). C.O.R.E. stands for Community Oriented Real Estate, which is based upon the community-initiated real estate intervention process developed by Donovan Rypkema for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center. KCS is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is in the process of obtaining formal IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) status.
The mission of KCS is to act as a redevelopment partner for the reclamation and rehabilitation of blighted and deteriorated properties in which the private sector has not reinvested or redeveloped. KCS is led by a nine member board of directors, which is never comprised of more than 49 percent of PDC board members.
The passage of the Conservatorship Act by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Legislature, as well as the passage of the Blight Bill, have further strengthened PDC's belief that a more direct role in real estate redevelopment (with local organizations that have an interest in but reluctance to intervene in their local real estate market) is increasingly necessary in order to assist in the integration of real estate development in local revitalization programs across Pennsylvania.
KCS Board Members
- John Burke, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (retired)
- Virginia Haas, County of Lehigh
- Andy Walker, City Manager, City of Meadville
Members of the Board:
- Kim Barnes, Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development
- Paul Cullinane, Borough of Chambersburg
- Cindy Witman Daley, Housing Alliance of PA
- Donn Henderson, Wilkinsburg Borough
- Linda Nitch, Lawrence County Economic Development Corp.
- Jon Zimmerman, Downtown Lewistown, Inc.