Congressman Doyle Presents $97,000 Check For Repairs to Historic Building in Edgewood
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) presented a check last night to the Board of Trustees of the C.C. Mellor Memorial Library and Edgewood Community House in Edgewood, Pennsylvania.
“Last year, when the Trustees contacted my office to ask whether I could secure some federal funding to help make repairs to the building housing the C.C. Mellor Memorial Library and the Edgewood Club, I was more than willing to do what I could,” Congressman Doyle said in making the presentation. “Today, I’m pleased and proud to present a check for $97,000 to Mayor Davin and the members of the Board of Trustees.”
This building, which is home to both the C.C. Mellor Memorial Library and the non-profit Edgewood Club, was designed by Edward B. Lee and formally opened in 1918. Franklin Toker, the author of Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait, has called the building “a public monument” and “one of the best public buildings in the city.”
“We are absolutely ecstatic,” said the Honorable Jean Davin, the Mayor of Edgewood, who also sits on the C.C. Mellor Memorial Library and Edgewood Community House Board of Trustees. “Congressman Doyle’s grant will help us to maintain this historic building.”
“Whenever you have an older community like Edgewood, you’ve got facilities like the C.C. Mellor Library that were built in the early 1900s,” Mayor Davin added. “It’s hard for a small community like ours to do all the things that need to be done to keep them in good repair. This money is a Godsend for us.”
“When the congressman became aware of the challenges we were facing with the infrastructure of this historic building, he really went to bat for us,” said Tom Herward, President of the Board of Trustees of the C. C. Mellor Memorial Library and Edgewood Community House. “We’re very appreciative of his efforts.”
Congressman Doyle worked successfully to have this funding included in H.R 4818, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, which provided the money needed to operate a number of federal government agencies this year. The money will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Economic Development Initiative (EDI). The EDI program, as its name suggests, has the mission of helping communities like Edgewood improve their local economies.
“This funding will be used to undertake much-needed maintenance on this wonderful, historic old building that has served the residents of Edgewood and the surrounding communities so well since its opening in 1918,” Congressman Doyle observed. “Seeing my work in Washington have a visible positive impact on my constituents is one of the most rewarding parts of representing Pennsylvania’s 14th District in Congress.”
Caption: Congressman Doyle presents check to Sally Bogie (on far left), C.C. Mellor Library Director, John Belechak, President, Board of Directors, Edgewood Club, Tom Herward, President of C.C. Mellor Library and Edgewood Community House Board of Trustees, Andrea McNeill, Librarian, and Jean Davin, Mayor of Edgewood