(PITTSBURGH) December 13, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of a grocery store in the City’s Sheraden neighborhood, pending authorization from its Board of Directors at their monthly board meeting this afternoon. The available site, located at 2928 Sheraden Boulevard, presents a prime opportunity for the neighborhood, which currently lacks in fresh food selections.
“Providing residents with quality, fresh food options in their own community is key to ensuring a neighborhood’s strength and potential for growth,” said Ravenstahl. “We continue to work to provide residents with local grocery options, as shown by our efforts to bring IGA into Beechview and Shop ‘n Save into the Hill District. Our hope is that this effort to attract a smaller grocer will be successful - creating new jobs, growing the community and furthering Sheraden’s revitalization in the process.”
In December 2011, the URA, with Community Development Block Grants and funds provided by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, bought the property and a nearby parking lot for a total of $425,000.
"The issuance of this RFP further demonstrates the commitment of investment in our neighborhoods,” said Councilwoman Kail-Smith. “I am pleased that the southwest is beginning to benefit from Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance. For the residents who have dedicated time and personal investment in Sheraden, this is the pivotal moment they have been waiting for and their faith in a revitalized Sheraden is about to become reality."
“This site was purchased because it is a key property in an important location in this neighborhood, and we wanted to ensure that it would serve the best interest of the community,” said URA Acting Executive Director, Robert Rubinstein. “The property is across from the K-8 Langley School and a short walk to the busway, providing an opportunity for a smaller grocer to favorably compete for Sheraden residents’ food dollars.”
Additional nearby investment includes the purchase of seven abandoned or foreclosed houses on Bergman Street and its surrounding area as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. These houses will then be rehabilitated and sold to homeowners. Three units are currently under construction and are estimated to be completed by early 2013.
Proposals will be accepted by a grocer looking to acquire the property, renovate it and open a neighborhood-based store; a grocer to which the URA can lease the property to open a store; or a developer that would bring a grocer as its primary tenant.
The URA expects to have the RFP ready to post within a few weeks following the Board meeting. The URA Board of Directors meets this afternoon, Thurs., Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. in the URA offices at 200 Ross Street, Downtown.
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