Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Although a deal has already been penned by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) to redevelop the former Civic Arena site, the city itself wants to know just what the 28-acre site in the central downtown district is worth.

Legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle (District 6) passed council 6-2 Tuesday and would enlist the help of the city’s Director of Finance to conduct an appraisal of the 28-acre site in the Lower Hill District.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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 looks to attract developers with tax abatement extensions

Pittsburgh City Council looks to attract developers with tax abatement extensions

Two ordinances were introduced by Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday that would extend the application period for tax exemptions for real estate developers until the end of 2017.

The bills were moved into the council’s Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, chaired by Councilman Dan Gilman. Gilman declined to comment for this article.

The bills aim to extend the application deadline for developers to earn tax abatements on newly built or renovated properties in the Uptown District, Downtown Districts and 27 neighborhoods that the city has deemed Targeted Growth Zones.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

Pittsburgh City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to eliminate the waiting list Pittsburgh children face when enrolling in pre-kindergarten by establishing a scholarship fund supported by major foundations and educational and medical institutions. 

According to the legislation, Pittsburgh Public Schools provides free, full-day pre-kindergarten for students ages three to five but had a waiting list of roughly 340 students for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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
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