Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 49: Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

This week, our Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down with City Councilman Dan Lavelle to talk about his background, initiatives, and what he likes to do in his spare time.

Friday, August 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
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
Fellowship program could bring help to Pittsburgh's Facilities Optimization Plan

Fellowship program could bring help to Pittsburgh's Facilities Optimization Plan

Pittsburgh City Council is set to vote on legislation that would bring in mid-level professionals to help aid in a plan to re-invest in city-owned facilities.  


Council could vote as soon as Tuesday of next week on funding for a Fellowship Participation Agreement with FUSE Corps, a non-profit organization that helps aid local governments on various civic projects, to allow three individuals help carry out Mayor Peduto’s Facilities Optimization Plan. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council briefly debated legislation Wednesday that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax by one percentage point in order to provide funding for the Housing Opportunity Fund. 

The tax increase is expected to generate $10 million a year for the city to build affordable housing and rehabilitate older homes for lower-income residents. Members of council have been searching for a revenue source for the fund since it was passed by the body in December. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Penguins set to start residential development of former Civic Arena site, seek low-income tax credit from Commonwealth

Pittsburgh Penguins set to start residential development of former Civic Arena site, seek low-income tax credit from Commonwealth

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis-based development firm McCormack Baron Salazar announced Thursday that they are ready to start development of the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District, the former home of the Penguins.

The NHL team and developer submitted a letter of intent to the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to start the first phase of a 1,000-plus unit of residential development at the site that currently stands as a city commuter parking lot. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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