Plan would yield 375 new units, 90 percent of them affordable
Regardless of how Pittsburgh City Council eventually votes on financing the city’s Housing Trust Fund, the Urban Redevelopment Authority is conducting its final review of tax-credit funding requests for a slate of projects across the city that would result in the creation of 375 new housing units, 336 of which would be designated for renters making less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income.
Of these, 105 would be created by three Hill District projects: the New Granada Square Apartments, which would build 47 affordable units in two buildings adjacent to the theatre, plus 9,000 square-feet of retail space and 85 parking slots; the Gaudenzia Centre Avenue mixed-used development, which would put 26 affordable units plus 9,000 square feet of first floor commercial space on Centre Ave. where its House of the Crossroads treatment center currently stands—the center would move off Centre Ave. to Grove Street; and construction would begin on the former Civic Arena site with the building of a 54-unit, mixed income building next to a 200-unit market rate building. Hill Consensus Group co-founder Carl Redwood Jr. filed a legal complaint against the owners—the Pittsburgh Penguins—over the low number of affordable units.
The Gaudenzia project is not without controversy, either. Though Redwood said the Consensus Group and representatives of the Hill Federal Credit Union, the Thelma Lovette YMCA, and several Centre Avenue businesses support the project, Hill Community Development Corp. Executive Director Marimba Milliones said she felt the project had not been completely presented to, or vetted by the community. She scheduled a community meeting July 17 for that purpose and will take those results to the zoning board.