Following meetings among the Larimer Consensus Group, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and staff of state and local political representatives, Keith B. Keys has been selected as the developer for the first phase of the Larimer Plan development.
Consensus Group member and Kingsley Association Executive Director Malik Bankston said the group had a solid response to the project RFQ (request for qualifications) proposal sent out in July by the URA.
“We had nine responses,” he said. “The committee, which included staff from state Sen. (Jim) Ferlo’s office, state Rep. (Joseph) Preston’s office and (Pittsburgh) Councilman (Rev. Ricky) Burgess’ office as well as the URA and consensus group members, qualified all nine and forwarded them to the URA for final selection. For this first phase, they selected Keith B. Keys.”
Keys’ KBK Enterprises is based in Columbus, Ohio, and also has offices in New Orleans and Pittsburgh. His most recent local project was the 270-unit redevelopment of Garfield Heights for the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
The first phase of the Larimer Plan development will consist of 30-35 units of mixed-income housing along East Liberty Boulevard and Larimer Avenue. The project start date is pending the assembly of financing from a variety of sources. Federal low-income tax credits would make up part of the funding, but cannot be applied for until next month.
The URA estimates the first phase cost at $8.9 million.
Bankston also said the consensus group is close to finalizing its by-laws, and will hold elections for new officers once they are approved.
“I would expect the elections to be held in 30-45 days,” he said. “Kingsley is very active with the consensus group— providing staff assistance, administrative support. We’re also helping with fundraising for the group and other organizations that want to work with them, such as G-Tech, Growth Pittsburgh, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. So, right now, there are a lot of moving parts.”
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