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PITTSBURGH, PA (October 9, 2019) The board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh will make a series of votes tomorrow to catalyze investments in the Lower and Greater Hill District that will have a meaningful impact on Hill District residents and future generations.
After numerous community conversations, community briefings and outreach events, the URA board heard the priorities as communicated by the Hill District to be the availability of affordable housing on the site, access to well-paying jobs, preservation of the Hill's cultural legacy, and early investments in the Greater Hill as the development in the Lower Hill begins.
The Hill District community had previously reached a Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan (CCIP) agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which has development rights to the Lower 28-acre site. Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, Mayor William Peduto and URA officials wanted to see even more in the agreement directed to ensuring the work would be a development beneficial to all, and with less burden on the public to build a multimillion parking garage on the site.
As a result, a new agreement with the Penguins will advance a parking garage mixed-use development that includes greater levels of affordable housing.
Affordable housing will use project-based vouchers from the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and guarantee deeper affordability for a longer term than under the CCIP, making 20% of the units available to residents at 50-60% Area Median Income (AMI) for 20 years. The housing will be developed with Intergen, a local minority development partner from the Hill District.
“These new plans contain commitments that are beneficial to all, including support of local small businesses, affordable housing and workforce development. It delivers on our promises of bringing equity and inclusivity to this historic site, and I thank all those in the Hill District community for bringing us to this day,” Mayor Peduto said.
"This is really an exciting step forward. If you go back over the history of this project, the first effort was the One Hill CBA, followed by the Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan, which we're still pushing forward to this day," said Councilman Lavelle, who is also a URA board member. "Now we have the opportunity to provide even more benefits on top of those two agreements that the community can begin to realize immediately."
“As a lifelong Hill District resident, I am excited to see us take an important next step towards capitalizing the Greater Hill District Reinvestment Fund, which has the ability to unlock generational wealth building opportunities for long-standing Hill District residents,” URA Deputy Director Diamonte Walker said. “The Hill District is a vibrant, self-determining community and the board’s vote will signal a commitment to investing in the neighborhood to help it reach its fullest potential.”
Furthermore, under the new agreement:
The City, URA and Sports & Exhibition Authority have agreed to advance:
The URA board will make seven different votes regarding the Lower and Greater Hill plans at its regularly scheduled 2 p.m. monthly board meeting tomorrow.
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