The renovated Flatiron Building has contributed significantly to the continued renewal of the Brownsville community. Donated by the Frank Ricco heirs, construction was completed in May of 1997 thanks to the private and public funders including the Allegheny Foundation, America's Industrial Heritage Project, National Road Heritage Corridor, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, PA State Capital Redevelopment Assistance Program, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, local banks, legislative grants, local fund raising efforts including "Club 29" (asking 1000 people to donate $29.00). The Flatiron is currently home to the Americana Heritage Center and the only art museum in Fayette County, the Frank L. Melega museum.
BARC has completed many improvements to the community including a planter wall with a kiosk of events in the downtown community, the community gateway program provided with a grant from the state to establish a floral bed visible to travelers (currently maintained by the Brownsville Area School District Garden Club), a tree planting program, a community directory. BARC also established Music on the Mon, now known as the Alumni Association’s Power of Music Concert series. They have created and assisted on many organizational involvement projects, and have plans for many more. We at BARC want to extend our sincere thanks for your continued support. Your input regarding projects that BARC is supporting in an effort to help revitalize and improve the quality of life to visitors and residents is certainly appreciated. Please remember to e-mail or write us with any ideas you may have.