Affordable housing revenue plan hits snag at Pittsburgh City Council

Affordable housing revenue plan hits snag at Pittsburgh City Council

One city councilwoman warned Tuesday at a Pittsburgh City Council post agenda meeting that a key provision to fund Pittsburgh’s affordable housing plan may not have enough votes to pass.

Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) told a group of developers and other council members that reservations over a tax increase and the distribution of taxpayer-funded developments would hold up the bill in its current state.

“There are not 5 [votes] to support this,” Kail-Smith said. Two additional council members, Deborah Gross (District 7) and Darlene Harris (District 1) confirmed their intention to vote against the measure as it is.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council, developers mull next steps for city-owned housing stock

Pittsburgh City Council, developers mull next steps for city-owned housing stock

Pittsburgh City Council sat down with a panel of community developers Wednesday to discuss a bill to divest some of the city’s publicly-owned properties.

Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) headed the post agenda meeting discussion on Bill 1508, which would authorize Mayor Bill Peduto, the Directors of the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Finance and the Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority to evaluate city-owned housing stock suitable for rehabilitation and resale.

Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

On the heels of legislation introduced in the state House last week to put the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the watch of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Senate Minority Chairman Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) filed a co-sponsorship memorandum Wednesday to do the same in the Senate.

“The PWSA’s mismanagement has touched nearly every aspect of its operations,” wrote Costa in the memo. “Management and consultant debacles; endless board turnover; lead contamination that is amongst the worst in the country; drinking water concerns necessitating boil alerts; illegal chemical treatments and infrastructure failures.” 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council confirms first director of the city's new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh City Council confirms first director of the city's new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh City Council Monday confirmed Karina Ricks Monday, the city’s first director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.

A former associate director in Washington D.C’s transportation department, Ricks begin at the new Pittsburgh department in February as interim director making a salary of $103,936 a year. The department’s annual budget is $439,643.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passed their portion of providing funding for a $3.4 million Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Grant with Allegheny County during their meeting Tuesday, but not before ensuring the city will receive its fair share of the funds.  

The Department of Economic Development of Allegheny County has been awarded the grant by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in county homes and rental units.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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