City of Pittsburgh Council District 6
COUNCILMAN LAVELLE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TARGETING DOLLARS FOR LOWER HILL INFRASTRUCTURE
Resolutions Authorize City/County Applications for Tiger Grants, and for Monies to be Used To Support Lower Hill Infrastructure Costs
On Tuesday, May 14 2013 at Council, I introdiced resolutions 2013-1529 and 2013-1530, which authorize the joint filing by the City and the County of an application for federal assistance from TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program dollars. The monies would be used to help finance the infrastructure costs of the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District.
On April 22, 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new round of funding under the TIGER grant program. Portions of the Lower Hill infrastructure are eligible to be funded by this program. The Lavelle-sponsored resolutions authorize the filing of the application and the designation of the SEA as the agent of the City and the County in the application process, and as the administrator of the grant, if awarded.
With the clearing of the 28 acres of the Civic Arena, the master planning process for the development is underway. The Sports & Exhibition Authority, a joint City/ County public authority, is managing the design and construction of the infrastructure (streets, water lines, sanitary and storm sewer lines).
I see the great potential for economic revitalization offered by the 28 acres of the former Civic Arena site. With infrastructure funding well on its way, I look forward to the commencement of vertical construction on site, and ensuring that the Hill District community and the City of Pittsburgh are strengthened by the work on site.
R. Daniel Lavelle
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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