URA approves $37 million in housing projects
February 17th 2017
Christian Morrow/ Pittsburgh Courier
The board then approved selling the former East Liberty Gardens and Larimer Park properties to the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, and providing a $3.2 million grant, which along with an additional $4.2 million, will fund the 150-unit second phase of the Larimer/East Liberty Choice Neighborhoods Development.
In a related action, the board also authorized $750,000 in funds to create new park for the Choice Neighborhoods development at the intersection of Larimer Avenue and Station Street.
In the biggest single action, the board approved issuing $15 million in debt to extend the long-term affordability of 324 scattered-site units throughout the North Side over the next eight years. The units are jointly owned by Northside Coalition for Fair Housing and Robert Mistik. This plan includes full renovations and new construction replacement of obsolete units.
Reading from the Director’s report, Housing Director Tom Cummings said the first phase will involve 75 units and will include new roofs, windows, flooring, appliances and updated kitchens and bathrooms. Most of the units will be gutted and reframed.