Borough of Mt. Oliver
Mt. Oliver Borough is completely surrounded by the City of Pittsburgh and immediately adjacent to the Southside Slopes and the Pittsburgh Neighborhoods of Carrick and Knoxville. The borough’s business district runs across the length of the neighborhood, from the South Side Slopes to Carrick. Brownsville Road runs along this ridge, and connects South Eighteenth Street in Pittsburgh with the neighborhood of Carrick and communities further south.
Mt. Oliver was incorporated in 1892, and with 125 years of history as a municipality, the Borough has maintained many of the values that were key to its founding. It is largely a residential area with single-family homes. Mt. Oliver also boasts two community parks with a wide range of recreational opportunities. In recent years, the Mt. Oliver Economic Development Team was formed to address the needs of the Borough’s business district and neighborhoods. In 2016, the Team completed a Streetscape Project on Brownsville Road from Arlington Avenue to the Mt. Oliver’s signature Clock Tower, attracted two new businesses including a bakery and a chocolate shop, and rehabbed one blighted commercial property. Mt. Oliver has also taken an active approach to stabilize property values through various methods including an extensive demolition and side yard program, rehab and resale, and aggressive code enforcement.
Did You Know?
- Mt. Oliver is named for Oliver Ormsby, son of John Ormsby, who held the original land grant for the area from George III.
- Mt. Oliver Borough is surrounded entirely by the city of Pittsburgh, and has resisted annexations by the city, as it prefers to manage its own local needs and finances.