One of my prime commitments as your City Councilman is to stimulate economic development throughout District 6. To achieve that goal, investments in the district are vital to not only provide jobs, but to also ensure the long term sustainability to keep District 6 growing and thriving.
As a member of the URA board, I am pleased to announce the following District 6 updates from the URA Board Meeting's Agenda:
-Proposal and form of contract for the sale of Block 2-A, lots 124 & 127 and Block 2-E, Lot 4, to a to be formed limited partnership between Millcraft Investments, or an affiliate, McKnight Realty Partners, or an affiliate and the URA for $2,225,000. These parcels are located at 339 & 347 Fifth Ave and 513 Smithfield Street. They contain the former Saks Building, the former Wendy's restaurant and a vacant lot. The site holds approximately 59,240 square feet, and the developers intent to use this site, as well as an adjacent property at 345 Fifth Ave, to construct a parking garage over ground-floor retail space.
-Facade Grant Agreement with The Center that C.A.R.E.S. in an amount not to exceed $30,000. The Center that C.A.R.E.S. is located at 2701 Centre Ave, and is a faith-based non-profit that provides services and activities to children, youth, young adults, and their families through programs that are active during both the school year and summer months. The funds will be used to renovated the former Ozanam Cultural Center at 1833 Wyile Ave/1843 Enoch St. The building will be named the Jeron Xavier Grayson Community Center, and will be dedicated to programs for adolescents and teenagers.
-Authorization to approve a change in reuse of Block 23-S, Lot 165-A, for Allegheny Center Alliance Church. In 2010, the URA conveyed property at 506-508 East Ohio St and 507 Emlin St to Allegheny Center Alliance Church. At the time, the redeveloper planned to create a community parklet and to stabilize the roof of the building at 507 Emlin St. Since then, the parklet was created, but it was determined that the structure with the roof was beyond repair. Approval is therefore to change the reuse of this property to allow for demolition and expansion of the parklet.
R. Daniel Lavelle
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737