Pittsburgh URA approves program to fund replacement of old lead lines across the city

Pittsburgh URA approves program to fund replacement of old lead lines across the city

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) board approved a program Thursday that would provide financial assistance to property owners looking to replace their lead water service lines. 
The Replace Old Lead Lines (ROLL) program, would be available to low income residents who make below 120 percent of the area median income (AMI). The maximum amount for the loan would be $10,000 with a three percent interest rate- the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is estimating requested loans will begin at $6,000. 
Thursday, March 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh City Council is set to approve $128,000 for the city to hire two lobbyists to address legislative priorities of Pittsburgh in Harrisburg and Washington. 

Debated Wednesday in the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the two pieces of legislation would provide $62,000.00 to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for “professional consulting services for federal government affairs and legislative services” on behalf of the city, and $66,000.00 to Malady & Wooten, Inc. for the same services at the state level. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council gives stamp of approval for police to work Trump inauguration

Pittsburgh City Council gives stamp of approval for police to work Trump inauguration

Officers from the Pittsburgh Police force will be heading to Washington, D.C. to help provide security for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next week after Pittsburgh City Council signed off on the measure Tuesday morning. 

Thirteen officers and two supervisors will travel to the nation’s capital where they will be sworn in as Deputy U.S. Marshall’s to provide protection along the inauguration parade route on Friday, January 20. 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Public voices opinions about Pittsburgh Housing Opportunity Fund

Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing Wednesday evening to discuss the Pittsburgh Housing Opportunity Fund, a tool to help create new affordable housing, rental assistance and rental rehab across the city. 

With the need for affordable housing growing in a vastly-expanding Pittsburgh, the fund's goal is to raise a minimum of $10 million annually to create as many as 6,840 affordable housing units over the course of 10 years. 

“There’s a shortage of approximately 17,000-18,000 units where those individuals are paying more towards housing needs than they should,” said Councilman Lavelle, sponsor of the Housing Opportunity Fund legislation. “But there is also a need for a dedicated revenue stream given that were losing more dollars coming out of the federal government, losing dollars from the state, we really need to set a special fund to be able to deal with housing within the city.” 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council considers construction of a new district energy plant

The proposed construction of a NRG Energy steam power plant in Pittsburgh’s Uptown district was the topic of a public hearing in City Council chambers on Tuesday afternoon.

A Conditional Use Application has been placed by NRG Center Pittsburgh on behalf of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the property owner, to provide chilled and hot water, and steam energy to surrounding industrial, residential, and commercial buildings in the area such as the Consol Energy Center, behind which the site is poised to be built.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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